It seems like more than a tree will be growing in Brooklyn—and Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island for that matter. “Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg signed into law on Monday three ‘green’ bills, one intended to increase the city’s native biodiversity,” reported the New York Times’ City Room blog. The focus of these measures is to foster native plants rather than overall biodiversity because exotic species often out-compete local ones resulting in animal extinction. There will also be efforts to install more stormwater-tolerant plants in green spaces to decrease flooding and pollution.
New Laws for Native Plants