Town of North Hempstead Council Member Veronica Lurvey is proud to announce that the town has formed a partnership with the Girl Scouts of Nassau County to create a tree grove at Michael J. Tully Park. This project is yet another in a string of environmental initiatives spearheaded by Council Member Lurvey aimed at strengthening the resiliency of our local environment here in North Hempstead.
Council Member Lurvey has long been a proponent for introducing tree groves in town of North Hempstead parks, and she was thrilled when The Girl Scouts of Nassau County contacted the town as part of their Tree Promise Service Project, which is funded by a grant from National Grid. The goal of the project is to enhance the beauty of the local parks while promoting environmental sustainability.
The environmentally friendly initiative involved planting trees to create a tree grove at Michael J. Tully Park. A group of trees planted separately from existing woodlands, known as tree groves, are designed to enhance the local environment in a variety of ways:
- cutting greenhouse gas emissions by absorbing carbon dioxide, which in turn reduces the gas buildup in our atmosphere
- enhancing our air quality by diminishing the number of toxic pollutants that we breath in
- improving our water quality by providing a filter effect that removes pollutants and sediments from rainfall, which seeps into our waterways and groundwater
- moderating the impacts of stormwater runoff
- providing ample shade structures that are utilized by both humans as well as the animals the live in the surrounding habitat
“We are delighted to partner with the Girl Scouts of Nassau County on this project to beautify our parks and preserve our environment,” said Council Member Lurvey. “I am thrilled that our young leaders of tomorrow are working diligently with local government to make important contributions that promote resiliency and sustainability throughout the greater North Hempstead community.”
This project goes hand-in-hand with Council Member Lurvey’s vocal commitment to improving the town’s tree canopy. She recently revamped the town’s Tree Code and re-established the town’s Tree Advisory Committee.
As part of the Tree Promise Service Project, the Girl Scouts also had the opportunity to learn from Bonnie Klein, the town’s horticulturist, about the importance of trees and how to care for them. This educational component will help ensure that children learn about the importance of environmental sustainability.
For more information on the Girl Scouts of Nassau County visit: www.girlscoutsnassau.org.