REP. MALONEY APPLAUD'S MULTI-GOVERNMENT ACTION TO RESTORE BROOKLYN'S GREENERY FROM BUG INFESTATION

Feb 27, 1997
Press Release

Washington, D.C.-- Today, Rep. Maloney applauded the United States Government, New York State, New York City and local community groups for their combined effort to eliminate Brooklyn's Asian Longhorn Beetle infestation, remove dead or damaged trees and replant new trees in an unprecedented effort to restore the communities' greenery.

The United States Department of Agriculture's Animal Plant Health Inspection Service is providing up to $500,000 for tree removal, public education, beetle quarantine and other services. The United States Forest Service is providing $500,000 for tree replanting. New York State and New York City have committed $1 million a piece in replanting and restoration activities. NY DEC committed $300,000. In total, up to $2.5 mllion will be spent in Brooklyn alone.

I have invited United States Secretary of Agriculture, Dan Glickman, to come and see for himself the devastation that this one inch long bug has inflicted on our community.

Assuming full community support, the forest service estimates that replanting will take between 45 and 90 days.

Removals will start this weekend and could be done by April. Officials will focus on a convenient time for removal of trees from resident's backyards. Replanting will overlap removals beginning in March. The government will focus on what the community wants? How does marcie and the board approach this? Including a planning process.

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