There are thousands of street trees here in the city in need of regular maintenance to maintain their existing health and vigor.
I was informed by a brusque employee from the Queens Division of Forestry that city street trees are pruned on a seven-year cycle. There are many trees that develop problems before the next seven-year pruning cycle, such as overgrowth, fungus and insect problems.
There is absolutely no reason for the Division of Forestry to wait seven years to attend to these problems. Trees must be maintained on a regular basis.
The public has the right to walk down our streets and through our parks without having to fear that a branch or tree will fall on them.
Why doesn't the Parks Department subcontract out this huge, but necessary, job to the many tree companies that are located in our area? That certainly would help clear up the backlog.