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Lady Liberty in New York Harbor was the first to witness the September 11th attacks on the American homeland.  Eight million New Yorkers, from the purple mountains of the Hudson Highlands to the shores of Montauk Point, experienced overwhelming grief, shared with their fellow Americans across our great land. The greatest calling from citizens is the reunion of community spirit.  Bringing people together to comfort those in need and demonstrate patriotism and the feeling of support we have as a united nation.  Much of the strength is symbolized through community tree planting efforts where by people can simply be a part of the growth of a tree.

The Lower Hudson-Long Island Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc. is proud to have received Governor George E. Pataki’s support of the New York State American Patriot Gardens project.  Trees have always been a symbol of strength, a symbol of growth and from the beginning of American history, a resource that built our nation.

Each tree planting project had a ground breaking ceremony on or about September 11, 2002.
The LH-LI RC&D Council received $101,000 and five hundred trees that were planted in these gardens.

Project Locations

  • Suffolk County Cooperative Extension
  • Eisenhower Park Nassau County
  • School of Cooperative Technical Education
  • Garrison School District Putnam County
  • Town of Orangetown
  • County of Rockland Haverstraw Bay Park
  • Chamber Park Mahopac
  • Village of Highland in partnership with West Point
  • Village of Cold Spring
  • Village of Scarsdale
  • Town of Ramapo

The Lower Hudson – Long Island Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3, non-profit organization made up of volunteers working in partnership with local communities and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service. Providing assistance to Urban and Rural Communities throughout Brooklyn, Dutchess, Manhattan, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Rockland, Staten Island, Suffolk, The Bronx, Ulster and Westchester.