September 20, 2022
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State Parks Greening Rockland Lake State Park with Hundreds of New Trees
Plan restores forest and gives visitors a
healthy future after invasive pest
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic
Preservation (State Parks) today announced a tall order to plant hundreds of
new trees in Rockland Lake State Park. The project promotes clean air and new
shade while, at the same time, fighting off an invasive species. Rockland Lake State Park has lost 1,500
trees to the invasive emerald ash borer. The new trees – maple, oak and other
species native to New York State – are part of a five-year tree replacement and
vegetation management plan beginning with a site assessment this fall.
entrusts us to care for our State Parks and we are committed to making them
safe and welcoming to visitors," New
York State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid said. "To directly
face both the impact of emerald ash borer on our ash trees and continue to
promote resilient, healthy forests in the face of climate change, we are
replanting hundreds of native trees all around the property to restore the
forest and make the park more welcoming to visitors."
Interstate Park Commission (PIPC) is excited that the tree planting project at
Rockland Lake is moving ahead," said PIPC
Executive Director Joshua Laird. "Not only will this effort
allow us to replace some of the more than 1,500 trees that were lost to the
emerald ash borer, but it provides an opportunity to communicate with and
educate our visitors. Our parks are at the frontline of climate change impacts
that are changing the character of environment around us. A project like
the one at Rockland Lake will help us replace some of what has been lost due to
the invasive ash borer and can serve as a reminder for park visitors of the
immense impact trees have on their enjoyment of nature, being outdoors, sitting
in the shade on a hot summer day, and breathing fresh air."
temperatures and more frequent and intense storms New York State has
experienced over these past few years are considered to be directly related to
climate change. These new trees will help remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the
atmosphere and store them in their leaves, roots, trunks and soil. According to
the U.S. Forest Service, New York's 18.6 million acres of forests hold 1.9
billion metric tons of carbon – this is equivalent to the carbon dioxide that
would be released if we powered all the houses in New York State with fossil
fuels for the next 100 years.
traps the sun's energy and heats up our atmosphere. In turn, that contributes
to less snow in the winter, more frequent summer droughts and higher sea
levels. According to One Tree Planted, "a mature tree can absorb an average of
22 lbs. of carbon dioxide per year, making cities a healthier, safer place to
will be part of a project that will bring more climate solutions to the park
after the ash borer did so much damage. Trees help clean our air, filter water,
and provide a habitat to hundreds of species of insects, fungi, moss and other
plants, according to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Phase one of
the Rockland Lake tree planting project prepares an overall site assessment and
survey work for 53 acres on the north end of Rockland Lake including the pool
area and picnic groves. Teams will determine where site conditions, views,
activities or utilities are best suited for planting opportunities.
five-year plan is budgeted at $1 million with the first part of construction
starting in spring 2023. Based on the study's findings, adjustments will be
made to fine-tune boundaries for the designated areas.
The New York State Office
of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees more than 250 parks,
historic sites, recreational trails, golf courses, boat launches and more,
which are visited by more than 78 million people annually. For more
information on any of these recreation areas, visit www.parks.ny.gov,
download the free NY State Parks Explorer mobile app or call 518.474.0456. Also, connect on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.