Entries in Trees (4)


Saplings From Anne Frank’s Chestnut Tree to Be Planted Across US

iStockphoto(NEW YORK) -- Saplings from the chestnut tree that gave famous Holocaust victim Anne Frank hope while she was hiding from Nazis in World War II are going to be planted across the United States.

Anne Frank wrote about the tree in her famous diary. When she and her family were hiding in a secret annex for almost two years, glances of the tree outside every morning were one of her few connections to the outside world.

The original tree collapsed in 2010 – 65 years after Frank died in a concentration camp, but not before it produced several saplings. Now 11 of these are going to be planted in various significant spots in the United States to help preserve Anne Frank’s legacy and promote tolerance.

Among the locations that will be getting an Anne Frank chestnut tree are New York’s 9/11 memorial and Little Rock Central High School, which played an important part in the civil rights movement.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio


Los Angeles Wants Space Shuttle Endeavour, But Must 400 Trees Be Cut?

NASA/Dimitri Gerondidakis(LOS ANGELES) -- It was supposed to be a spectacular event including a two-day parade, but the space shuttle Endeavour’s final 12-mile journey through the streets of South Los Angeles has some residents protesting, because 400 trees would have to be chopped down to clear the shuttle’s intended path from Los Angeles International Airport to the California Science Center.

Although the science center, or CSC, where Endeavour is to go on display, said it would plant twice as many trees in their place, tree lovers are still not convinced.

Claudine Jasmin, a resident of South Los Angeles, said she goes to the CSC all the time and loves having it in the neighborhood, but does not think it’s worth losing the trees. She said they bring squirrels and a variety of birds.

“My parents have lived in this neighborhood since before I was born, and we have these big pine trees on our street, and I’m sure it took forever for them to grow. They are beautiful,” Jasmin said.  “It would be really, really horrendous to see all these years of a tree’s growth completely diminished for one parade.”

Eddie North-Hager, publisher of, a local online news and social network, said despite the loss of trees, Endeavour’s arrival will be a good thing for the neighborhood.

“There is a lot of concern over street trees and everyone wants to work to make sure they are replaced and taken care of and have the same caretaking as there is now,” North-Hager said. “Everyone is concerned that baby trees will replace trees that have been there forever … I do hope they put in more than saplings and do expect they will take care of them until they reach a maturity where they can take care of themselves.”

Endeavour, built after the loss of the shuttle Challenger in 1986, became NASA’s fifth space shuttle orbiter. It made its first flight in 1992 and in its 25 missions, it orbited the Earth more than 4,600 times and spent 299 days in space.

Endeavour needs to be towed from the airport to the museum. Planners said they chose wide streets and minimized obstacles, because power lines will be extended and traffic signals cleared from the shuttle’s path.

But according to an estimate in the Los Angeles Times, 128 trees will be removed in the city of Inglewood and South Los Angeles will lose approximately 265 trees.  Pine, ficus and other trees in Inglewood have already been chopped down by construction crews.

“I think our neighborhood loves the CSC and owes a great deal of our children’s education to that institution and it’s free to go there,” North-Hager said. “It’s one of the five shuttles in the country and it’s amazing that we are getting that and that it’s going to our neighborhood. We love our street trees and it’s one of the things that makes Leimert Park so special. It’s my understanding that CSC is going to remove the least possible.”

In total, the CSC said it plans to spend $500,000 to improve the city streets. Replanting of trees is expected to begin a few weeks after Endeavour’s final journey.

But some residents are still not convinced.

“I don’t think replanting is enough to cover up the void that would be around after these trees are cut down,” Jasmin said. “There are kids and families in this neighborhood that are used to seeing these trees every day, and waiting years for them to grow back the way they were would be too disheartening.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Trees to Blame for Nor’easter Destruction

TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The devastating effects of the rare October snowstorm that rocked the Northeast over the weekend resulted from the unusual mix of wet, heavy snow and leafy trees.

“The combination of things was a perfect storm,” said Dena Libner, spokeswoman for the Central Park Conservancy. "The trees were unusually green and the presence of leaves served to support a lot more snow, causing a lot more damage.”

The storm left thousands of roads littered with debris and millions of people without power. States of emergency have been declared in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey and parts of New York.

According to Libner, Central Park may lose 1,000 trees because of the storm.

“This was more devastating than the tornado in August 2009 that hit the north end of the park and took out 500 trees,” she said.

Tree branches cover the roads in northern New Jersey, and downed power lines are draped across many streets. Traffic lights in many northern parts of the state remain out, and residents that are still without power are congregating over their laptops at coffee shops that still have heat.

“This season we’ve had a warm fall and a lot of moisture, even though the days have been changing things are delayed a little bit,” Mark Fisher, director of horticulture at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, told ABC News. “The leaves are holding so much moisture, and when the snow accumulates on the leaves it can be very destructive.”

In Bloomfield, N.J., the storm even managed to short-circuit Halloween.

“Halloween has been rescheduled for Friday Nov. 4, 2011,” a robocall alerted residents.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


The Great Christmas Debate: A Real Tree or a Fake One?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Millions of Americans swear by artificial Christmas trees, arguing that they are easier to deal with and better for the environment. Traditionalists say that's ridiculous. And a Canadian environmental firm says it's not even true.

The firm calculated the greenhouse gas emissions from both types and discovered that you would have to reuse an artificial tree for more than 20 years for it to be greener than cutting down a real one every year.

While Americans chop down 30 million trees each year, the real trees can be recycled. Last year, New York City composted and mulched 150,000 Christmas trees. Americans buy about 13 million fake trees every year, which often end up in landfills.

Advocates of fake trees say the smell of a real tree can be replaced with pine spray. They cite convenience as an advantage – not having to haul a tree into your house every year, water your tree or vacuum up pine needles.

"Compared to the environmental impact of normal daily activity, neither type of tree – real or artificial – has a significant environmental impact," said Thomas Harman, CEO of Balsam Hill Christmas Tree Company, the leading specialty brand of artificial Christmas trees. "The main reason for the growth in artificial tree sales in the last 10 years is that with true needle technology, they look and feel like real trees. You get the convenience and safety of an environmental tree." 

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