The New York Restoration Project (NYRP) has announced that it is giving away free trees to Brooklynites throughout the months of April and May.
Starting on April 15, the nonprofit organization will be paying a visit to six different neighborhoods located across Brooklyn — along with the other four New York boroughs — and distributing trees to residents that register in advance for the giveaway.
During the month of April, which coincides with Earth Month, NYRP will be handing out trees in the neighborhoods of Red Hook (April 15), Canarsie (April 15), and Williamsburg (April 29).
In the following month, the nonprofit will be giving away trees in Bedford-Stuyvesant (May 6), Brownsville (May 13), as well as Brooklyn Heights (May 20).
In total, NYRP plans to hand out 3,500 trees to people located across the five NY boroughs in this year's giveaway.
The organization says that it has a variety of different native tree species for Brooklynites to choose from. Among the species mentioned are American Persimmon, Black Cherry, Elderberry, Highbush Blueberry, Sycamore, Witchhazel, among others.
The giveaway was established by NYRP back in 2010. It was started as part of the MillionTreesNYC initiative, whose goal is to plant and care for one million new trees throughout New York City.
"As the climate crisis intensifies, trees play an essential role in New York City’s environmental resilience by providing shade, creating wildlife habitat, reducing temperatures, improving air quality, and mitigating storm water run-off," said NYRP in a release.
To learn more about the giveaway, or to register, head over to the New York Restoration Project's website.