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A Tree Grows In Riverhead, Thanks To NASCAR And Riverhead Raceway

The first of 70 trees donated to the town was planted Friday.

The first of over 70 trees donated to the Town of Riverhead by Riverhead Raceway was planted at the town's animal shelter, to provide comfort and shade, on Friday.

Other trees will be planted at other locations around Riverhead Town Supervisor Sean Walter said.

The trees were a gift to the town by Riverhead Raceway, who sponsored a June event in conjunction with The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing's Green Clean Program. The NASCAR program kicked off in 2009 to help mitigate carbon emissions produced by racing, planting 10 trees for each green flag that drops. 

An event was held at Riverhead Raceway in June resulting in a gift of approximately $10,000 -- and a total of 71 trees -- to the town by owners Barbara and Jim Cromarty.

The first planting of the trees, Walter said, will be planted at the town's animal shelter on Youngs Avenue in Calverton to provide "much-needed shade" for the animals and help beautify the facility.

"This thoughtful donation by Riverhead Raceway will provide comfort in the hot summer months to the dogs in our care and will improve the look of our somewhat ‘ramshackle’ animal shelter," Walter said. "We in government operate on such bare-bones budgets that we cannot always do all we'd like to do. These trees are much appreciated as they will provide comfort to man's best friend and will make Riverhead that much more beautiful."

NASCAR has the largest nationwide tree planting program in sports, planting trees for each green flag that drops during a NASCAR-sanctioned race, and capturing 100 percent of the carbon produced by the on-track racing.  

Donated trees will be supplied by Verderber's Landscape Nursery.

Walter and Councilwoman Jodi Giglio, who attended the first planting, thanked the Cromartys for their generosity.

John Pine September 29, 2012 at 12:11 AM
I am having the biggest laugh!! Seriously, the Town approves construction of a Super-Walmart across from Tanger where hundreds of native Pitch Pine trees will be razed, then pats itself on the back for this? Sean Walter is trying real hard to be a Phil Cardinale, but I am not fooled! Hey Riverhead if you want more trees and to save the environment PRESERVE THE WOODS WE HAVE LEFT! And watch the video I took on this property where I spotted an Eastern Box Turtle! http://youtu.be/lqBfmXZiElw
Dennis September 29, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Well that was disturbing to watch!!! Where are ALL OF THE ENVIRONMENTALISTS!!!! Arent there enough vacant stores around that WALMART could use ex: LOWES??? It wont be stopped because of the almighty dollar. The town will let it be built and worry what to do in 5 years when it is vacant due to lack of shoppers that are UNEMPLOYED....
Dennis September 29, 2012 at 12:49 PM
In my comment about LOWES,I meant to say...When they RAZED the old SUFFOLK LIFE building Still early :)
L.I.M.A. September 29, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Why didn't you do something smart.... Like move the box turtle. A smart person truly worried about animals would have moved that turtle to the other 3000 acres. Have you seen those other preserved acres or you just want to pretend that doesn't exist and you need more preserved ?
John Pine September 29, 2012 at 03:44 PM
LIMA, thats because it may not even be legal to move a box turtle since it is a species of special concern in NY State. The State DEC has been notified of the finding of box turtles on the property.
Dennis September 29, 2012 at 04:47 PM
What makes you think that was the only turtle there?? You want him to remove the turtle from his habitat . And if this turtle was one of oh say a "family" you want this guy to move him to some other place...That idea is almost as bad as the towns for letting this "preserve" be ruined with bulldozers.........
John Pine September 29, 2012 at 07:49 PM
I found a link to an interesting PDF of all the planned developments along Route 58. The satellite image was taken prior to Home Depot, but it clearly shows where the Walmart is going, as well as the Costco. The mission is clearly to make sure no tree is left standing on Route 58! http://www.developers-realty.com/portals/0/fact-sheets/fs_shops_riverhead-ny.pdf
John Pine September 29, 2012 at 07:54 PM
I am wondering the same thing. Where's Adrainne Esposito? Dick Amper? It shows how weak and corrupt the environmental movement is here on LI. They only get involved if you donate thousands of dollars! It's all about the money! At least there's stilla sizable healthy Pine Barrens in S.Jersey, where I plan on moving in the not too distant future. LI is a lost cause, but at least I can say I tried.
L.I.M.A. September 29, 2012 at 11:23 PM
A smart person builds in one area and saves the rest, just like they're doing, and the Dec will make them buy a takings permit so , you killed a turtle rather than save it. When the turtle wanders onto Rt58 only feet away how good of a preserve is that really to be worth holding onto ?? Move the turtle to the 3000 acres where it can live with turtles 10x that size that I have seen there

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