Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County is working to replant hundreds of trees in communities throughout Long Island that were hard-hit by the Asian Longhorned Beetle (ALB) infestation over the past 20 years. With the ALB Reforestation Project, we aim to restore tree canopy cover by replanting on private and public properties throughout Amityville, Farmingdale, Massapequa, Lindenhurst, Copiague, and West Babylon, which had over 10,000 tree removals due to this invasive pest.
Trees have many benefits that enhance the quality of life in our communities, including improving air quality, reducing stormwater runoff, increasing property values, reducing energy costs, mitigating climate change, improving public health, and beautifying neighborhoods.
Thanks to a grant from the US Forest Service and US Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service, in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, US Department of Agriculture, New York State Department of Agriculture & Markets, and the Town of Babylon, we are able to offer FREE trees to eligible residents throughout the 52-square mile quarantine zone.
CCE-NC is focused on planting FREE trees on several types of properties throughout the quarantine zone. These include private land (residential and commercial), cemeteries, and public land (parks, pools, and parkways). CCE-NC is working with contractors and our staff to replant the free trees on eligible properties. Throughout 2015-2016, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County planted 863 trees.
Property owners who had trees removed by the USDA due to the ALB infestation are eligible for FREE trees. In addition, we are able to plant a limited supply of free trees on the front yards of private properties and public sites within a ½-mile radius from removed trees, if the original property owner has declined a new tree. Our TREE CATALOGUE has a list of available species.
If you are interested in a free tree, fill out this INTEREST FORM or contact us at 516-565-5265 ext. 15 to determine your eligibility. CCE-NC staff will arrange a site visit with you to select an appropriate tree species and planting location for your property. We will also provide you with tree care resources. For more information, please see our ALB Reforestation Project BROCHURE .
Urban Forestry Department
516-565-5265 ext. 15
Last updated February 1, 2017