Officially launched in October 2007 by New York Restoration Project (NYRP) and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, MillionTreesNYC is one of 127 goals set forth under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s PlaNYC, the city’s sweeping, long-term sustainability blueprint. An innovative, public-private initiative with an important and ambitious goal – to plant and care for one million new trees across the city’s five boroughs by 2017, MillionTreesNYC brings the many environmental, health, social and economic benefits that trees provide to all facets of city life.
Trees may only be planted on private properties such as front and backyards, commercial properties, community gardens and faith-based centers. You cannot plant these trees as street trees. Trees must be planted in the ground, rather than on a roof or in a planter or container. All MillionTreesNYC Community Tree Giveaway trees must be planted within the five boroughs of New York City.