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About 3,000 trees came down Sept. 16 when two tornadoes tore across the city, and thousands more were damaged.
So, a coalition of state and city agencies, community groups and institutions came together Saturday to assess the lessons of the freak storms and share ideas on how to avoid such catastrophic losses in the event of another large-scale weather event.
The all-day event, dubbed “After the Storm: Urban Tree Sustainability,” was held at the Queens Botanical Garden as an opportunity to learn from the past while looking to the future of New York’s vital tree canopy.
One of the conference’s organizers, Mary Kramarchyk, a community partnership coordinator for the state Department of Environmental Conservation, said it was a unique chance for like-minded people to come together to find solutions for the problems exposed by the tornado’s wrath and also to educate people.