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Rise in Arborcide

More than 100 summonses issued for tree abuse

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    It seems that not everyone loves trees.
        
    New York City issued more than 100 summonses for tree abuse last year and another 18 so far this year, reports the New York Post.

    City and court records show that $123,000 worth of tickets were doled out for damaging or destroying trees in 2010.
        
    Incidents included a Christmas-night massacre of six saplings at a playground on Houston Street and a contractor who caused major tree damage to five honey locusts on Chambers Street earlier this month.
        
    In addition, vandals tore up 20 new trees and bushes in a playground in the Bronx last October.
        
    Geoffrey Croft of the watchdog group NYC Park Advocates says a street tree costs the city $1,790 to plant, and tampering with its limbs can kill it.

    "Some of this is just outright abuse," Croft told the Post.