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A street tree on Madison Street, where a tree mulching event will take place on April 29.

Earth Day may be over, but Ridgewood residents are coming together to continue improving the environment and teach others how to do the same.

On April 29, the Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association (RPOCA), in partnership with the NYC Parks Department, will host a mulching event at Benninger Playground on Madison Street between 60th Place and Fresh Pond Road. At the event, guests will learn how to aerate, cultivate, mulch and identify the nearly 70 street trees along Fresh Pond Road.

NYC Parks Stewardship Outreach Supervisor Maria Amin helped coordinate the event and explained why street trees are especially vulnerable when located along commercial corridors.

“All street trees are challenged in the urban environment, but street trees on commercial strips are at the greatest risk because they’re constantly exposed to car and bus fumes,” Amin said. “That’s why we’re so grateful to all our volunteers who take the time to help preserve and protect this important part of our city’s urban forest.”

The city has more than 680,000 street trees, and the mulching event will also teach the many ways these trees support a healthy environment. Street trees reduce storm water runoff, remove harmful pollutants from the atmosphere, provide shade to mitigate the heat island effect and reduce carbon dioxide that contributes to climate change.

There are 342 different species of trees that live in New York City, and Queens has the most street trees by far, with more than 245,000.

The tree mulching event is also receiving support from Community Board 5, the Greater Ridgewood Youth Council and Boy and Girl Scout troops. Food, coffee, beverages and supplies will be provided by Valentino Food Market, Checo’s Food Universe and The Nest Fine Dessert.

Paul Kerzner, president of the RPOCA and a longtime Ridgewood resident, said he was pleased that so much support from the community helped make the event possible.

“Fresh Pond Road is our community’s main street, so it’s important we all do our part to make sure it’s well-kept,” Kerzner said in the press release. “We appreciate the support NYC Parks is giving to help keep our neighborhood vibrant and hope this event shows everyone that small actions do make a difference.”

Councilman Robert Holden will also be in attendance and said that he is always looking to get behind ideas that benefit the local quality of life.

“Anything to help fix up the area I’m always going to be involved in,” Holden told QNS. “I always worked on projects like this as a civic leader, so it’s natural to want to help our local environment.”

The tree mulching event will take place from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 29.

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