Friday, August 20, 2010

Read this week's "Manhattan Times" article about tree damages and removals in Bruce's Garden, Isham Park, Inwood

To read local news reporting about the tree damages and removals described earlier this blog, see the following:
Manhattan Times interview/article on pages 8 and 10 of this week's paper issue:
August 18th-24, 2010, vol. 11, No. 33, "Community" section, heading: "Inwood," title:

Wind from July Bronx tornado costs Inwood's Bruce's Garden 11 trees

or go to the e-version:

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Photograph of the removal of trees in Bruce's Garden

Tree removal in Bruce's Garden

This photograph shows how tall the Norway Maples (an invasive species) had become.  As they lost branches over the past year, they became more and more unstable.  Finally the wind that came over the top of the hill and the building to the north of them hit them a bit too

More removals are expected in Bruce's Garden & some history of recent tree removals

The work begun removing the trees in Bruce's Garden that had been damaged by strong winds on the afternoon of Sunday July 25th is to continue in the next few weeks.  The next removals will include the tree with the hollow core shown in the photograph posted in this blog on August 3rd.

The trees to be removed are mostly on the extreme northern end of Bruce's Garden along the fence bordering the driveway behind the Northeastern Academy.  Access to this area is difficult for the heavy equipment needed by the Forestry Department and the trees to be removed are not stable, as at least one is dead, in addition to the one with the rotten core.

A tall ivy -covered stump will also probably be removed as it is also probably rotten and could fall.

The destabilization of the trees began last summer when a large elm tree just to the west of the garden succombed to Dutch elm disease (DED) is a fungal disease of elm trees which is spread by the elm bark beetle.

Once the elm tree was removed and its stump ground, the winds from the west during many storms hit the remaining trees with far greater force causing damages to occur.  A large limb was torn from one of the removed trees the week before the Fourth of July, nearly a year after the elm went down but only three weeks before the violent winds from the north caused the more extreme tree damages.

Isham Park visitors and area residents should be aware that Dutch elm disease also has resulted in the death of several other smaller trees in the park that were recently removed, notably two in the southwestern corner at the top of the large hillside area (and near to the same) where the Volunteers for Isham Park mulched on their June 19th 2010 work day (see June 21st blog post).

At center, dead elm at south end of park above
Park Terrace West (since removed)
Please let us know if you see other elms that appear to be dying.  Given the drought this summer, many trees appear to be weakened and their leaves are turning brown.  But if you let us know we will get the Forestry department to investigate and take action. 

Friday, August 6, 2010

Big sky over Bruce Reynolds Memorial Garden in Isham Park

Now that the damaged tall trees near the pavilion in Bruce Reynolds Memorial Garden have been removed, there is open sky above the garden.  The photographs included here were taken this morning.  The images are included as an attempt to show this new open sky condition for the garden which has been very shaded or forested for many years. 
View of the sky from the front gate of the garden
After the tree work has been completed and the stumps removed, work will begin to stabilize and establish the garden and its memorials for visitors once again.
Looking east into Bruce Reynolds Memorial Garden
Looking northeast into the garden

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Storm damage and tree removals in Bruce Reynolds Memorial Garden in Isham Park

2010 garden sign ripped out by strong winds

Most New Yorkers are aware that on Sunday afternoon, July 25th, a tornado violently touched down in the Riverdale section of New York.  However, many are not aware that the same storm did major tree damage in the Bruce Reynolds Memorial Garden in Isham Park.

As the result of the damage done to the tallest trees in Bruce's Garden, many are being removed.  This is because they were deemed by the Department of Parks and Recreation's Forestry Department to be so damaged that they were unstable.

Detail of rot revealed by lost limb
The loss of a large limb on one tree near the driveway of the Northeastern Academy revealed that the tree was rotting and had a hollow core. This damage is still visible, as the tree has not yet been removed.

The photographs included here were taken on the evening of the 25th of July.  We hope that they make everyone aware how critical the work being done is for the safety of all who enter the garden.
Loss of massive limbs left trees unstable