Parks needs to deal with beetle

The Asian longhorn beetle threatens our trees yet the city Parks Department refuses to pick up potentially infested wood.

Northeast Queens is a quarantine zone, where a homeowner cannot move or dispose of wood from trees that have been cut down. Homeowners concerned about this tree-killing epidemic obtain appointments from the department’s Forestry Division and bundle the wood for safe disposal.

Unfortunately, Parks will not pick up the wood, appointments are simply ignored and wood piles litter the neighborhood for months at a time.

My wood has been at the curb for around one month, and Parks tells me to wait another month or two. If more trees have to die because of this beetle, th department is at fault. It needs to pick up the diseased wood now.

Joseph Chiarella


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