The lives and times of trees in New York

Sunday November 18, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) -- Experts say the winds of Hurricane Sandy took out more trees in the neighborhoods, parks and forests of New York and New Jersey than any previous storm on record.

Nearly 10,000 trees were lost in New York City alone. A state parks spokesman says "thousands upon thousands" went down on Long Island. New Jersey utilities reported more than 113,000 destroyed or damaged trees.

Many of the trees crashed through houses or tore through electric wires as they fell. They caused several deaths and left hundreds of thousands of people without power for more than a week.

Some tree specialists say the shocking force of the Oct. 29 storm might mean they should reassess where and how to replant. But they say people need trees and benefit from them.


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