The Nets launched a major tree-planting campaign in Fort Greene Friday. NY1’s Jeanine Ramirez filed the following report.
They shoveled dirt and poured water, all to plant a pin oak tree at Fort Greene Park Friday. It's the first tree to be planted in Brooklyn as part of a campaign by the Nets basketball team and landscape company Lawns by Yorkshire.
Called "Threes for Trees," the program will see a tree donated for each three-point basket the team makes.
"The Nets made 459 three-point shots last season, which means 459 trees will be donated," said NETS radio broadcaster Tim Capshaw.
The rest of the trees will be planted in the fall, both in parks throughout Brooklyn and in Newark, where the Nets currently play. The team will move to Brooklyn for the 2012-2013 season.
"We're all so excited to call this borough home, and we're committed to making a very positive impact in this community," said Petra Pope of NETS events marketing.
Kevin Jeffrey, Brooklyn’s parks commissioner, said the trees are a welcome contribution because the stock here needs to be replenished.
"Trees in Brooklyn took a big hit last year. We had 2 big storms, the last one in September, and we probably lost about 800 specimens," said Jeffrey.
Tree plantings are also part of the city's PlaNYC project, which aims to add a million trees around the city. Last year, the city reached the 500,000 mark.
"Trees do so much for the environment,” said Jeffrey. “They reduce the heat indices, they drink a lot of water, and because of that, there's a lot of water that doesn't go into the storm sewers, so they prevent runoff."
The "Threes for Trees" program hopes to promote environmental stewardship and team spirit. Borough President Marty Markowitz is already a fan.
"When the ‘NJ’ is discarded off those jerseys, replaced by B, R, O, O, K, L, Y, N or however you're going to do it in the logo, it's going to be a great day for kids and the families of Brooklyn and beyond," said Markowitz.
The team and the trees are soon to be part of the Brooklyn landscape.