The Gowanus Canal Conservancy worked with a large contingent of extremely motivated Americorps volunteers on Friday morning, May 20, planting 20 street trees in the neighborhoods around the Gowanus Canal. This project was coordinated with the help of NYC Parks Department (DPR) and the New York Restoration Project (NYRP). In preparation for this project, the GCC walked around the neighborhoods within 2 blocks of the Canal with NYRP project manager Britt Zimmerman and identified appropriate locations for street trees. NYRP purchased the trees and had them delivered to the Conservancy’s Salt Lot for installation on the Planting day.

The Americorps Volunteers!

On the morning of the Clean & Green, several dedicated NYRP field staff members worked extremely hard to transport the street trees from the Salt Lot to their destination in the field. Some of the trees were so large that it was necessary to rent a bobcat for their transport.

Street trees waiting at the Salt Lot.

Americorps volunteers showed up around 9:00am and were instructed regarding proper tree-installation techniques. We passed around fliers produced by NYRP and DPR, which depicted best planting practices. After instruction, the volunteers were divided up into groups, handed maps showing tree locations and dispersed throughout the neighborhood.

Volunteers install a street tree at the corner of 2nd Ave and 9th St.

Team leaders with horticultural experience led the groups and oversaw the installation of the street trees. The Americorps volunteers did beautiful work and all 20 trees were planted, staked and mulched within 3 hours.