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: http://www.manhattantimesnews.com/2010/wind-from-july-bronx-tornado-costs-inwoods-bruces-garden-11-trees.html
Friday, August 20, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
|Tree removal in Bruce's Garden|
Posted by Volunteers for Isham Park at 7:38 AM
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) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dutch_elm_disease 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)
Posted by Volunteers for Isham Park at 6:25 AM
Friday, August 6, 2010
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.
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.
|View of the sky from the front gate of the garden|
|Looking east into Bruce Reynolds Memorial Garden|
|Looking northeast into the garden|
Posted by Volunteers for Isham Park at 10:41 AM
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
|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 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|
Posted by Volunteers for Isham Park at 2:44 PM