Fort Tryon Park boasts a collection of 48 majestic American and English elms, some of which are over 100 years old and predate the park. These trees form the incredible architectural canopy at the north end of the Stan Michels Promenade, around the concession building, by The Met Cloisters, and flanking the Broadway Promenade. Their shade, springtime flowers, and majestic shapes contribute significantly to the park’s enchanted landscape.
In recent years, Dutch Elm Disease has entered the park and resulted in the loss of 7 massive trees. To protect the remaining elms, the Fort Tryon Park Trust has embarked on an aggressive program with NYC Parks’ Forestry Division that includes pruning, aeration of tree roots, and inoculation.
The Fort Tryon Park Trust pays for the inoculation treatment every other year, at a cost of $48,000 per cycle. The cost increases each year as the trees grow. The City does not pay for this treatment program. It is paid for completely through private funding.
We need your help to secure the funds to protect these irreplaceable assets. When we lose an elm tree, the park loses a significant contributor to its Scenic Landmark character, which would take a century to recapture.
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