New York City's Unwelcomed Foresters

<p>New York's newest force of foresters, hired to plant one million trees in all five boroughs by 2017, are receiving more opposition then one might expect.</p>
April 22, 2008, 10am PDT | Mike Lydon
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"If you're a forester perversely inclined to ply your trade in New York City, the initiative makes now a pretty good time to make a go of it. The city hired 24 foresters in the past year, a good majority of them hailing from places where trees are not exactly controversial. Mr. Simpson, 32, lived and worked in the open spaces of Montana, Oregon and, most recently, Arizona, before hitting it off with a New York-based opera singer whom he met at a party. Now he lives in Queens.

All told, Mr. Simpson has adjusted well to his new urban habitat: He's got some family in the area, and in the past year he's even been to five operas, five more than he'd ever seen before moving to the city. A laid-back, fleece-wearing, barely shaven kind of guy, your typical central-casting kind of forester, Mr. Simpson has been really surprised by only one aspect of New York City life, and that's the unwelcome reception he sometimes get at the site of an imminent tree-planting."

Thanks to Leslie Pariseau

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Published on Monday, April 21, 2008 in The New York Times
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