A Tree Grows at Ground Zero – First Trees Planted For Ground Zero Memorial Garden

A tree grows at Ground Zero

After nearly nine years, life is returning to Ground Zero in a tangible way.

Crews today began planting 16 swamp white oaks at the World Trade Center site. They are the first of nearly 400 trees to be planted around the eight-acre memorial to the nearly 2,800 people were killed when terrorists attacked the twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001.

The trees will dot a cobblestone plaza surrounding two huge pools built on the footprints of the destroyed towers.

Joe Daniels, president of the 9/11 Memorial Foundation, was on hand at the site to help with the planting. He said designers of the memorial envisioned a lush and quiet green space that would bring solace to visitors.

“When people come up to the pools and see the names and be under this canopy, this forest, it will be a very peaceful environment,” Daniels said.

Cultivated for four years at a nursery in Millstone, N.J., the 16 trees were loaded onto eight tractor-trailers at midnight Friday for the 35-mile trip to Manhattan. Several were planted overnight and into Saturday morning on the western side of the memorial plaza.

To see Artist renderings of  the “Ground Zero Memorial Park” see:

Rise of Freedom: Bringing Life to Ground Zero – First Trees for Ground Zero Memorial Park Start Journey

The memorial plaza will essentially become a rooftop garden, built atop the deep chasm left by the destroyed towers. It will cover the museum commemorating the 2001 attacks, commuter train platforms and a parking garage that are being built as far as 70 feet below ground.

The trees were irrigated and fertilized for four years at 15-acre nursery in New Jersey. Daniels said the swamp white oaks were selected for their beauty and their ability to withstand Manhattan’s cold, snowy winters and steamy summers.

The trees come from New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. — the places where the attacks hit. They were about 25 feet tall when first planted and are expected to soar to 60 to 80 feet high.

Once they are planted, an arborist will work full-time to prevent the construction site’s daily dust and clutter from damaging the oaks.

An elaborate subterranean irrigation system, with individual tubes running to each tree, will water and fertilizer the grove. The trees’ condition, soil moisture and temperature can be monitored remotely through sensors embedded into their root balls.

“Our expectations are we will have 100 percent survival of the trees,” said Tom Cox, CEO of Environmental Design, the Houston company that has cared for the trees and ferried them to the trade center site.

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Rise of Freedom: Bringing Life to Ground Zero – First Trees for Ground Zero Memorial Park Start Journey

August 27, 2010 – 2:30 PM

by: Meredith Orban

On Friday, 10 of the 416 trees destined for the 9/11 Memorial and Museum will begin their journey to Ground Zero.

“Today is D-Day for us.  It’s the magical day,” said Ronaldo Vega, the Director of Design for the 9/11 Memorial.

Vega spoke as workers from Environmental Design, the contractor responsible for the trees, loaded the thirty-foot trees on to forklifts and carefully hoisted them on to flatbeds.

Artist Rendering Ground Zero Memorial Park

The Swamp White Oak trees have been growing in a Millstone Township, New Jersey nursery since 2007.  They’ll make the 60-mile trip up the New Jersey Turnpike, over the George Washington Bridge to the Henry Hudson Parkway and down the west side of Manhattan before they’re planted at the memorial site tomorrow morning.  A total of sixteen will be planted this weekend.

Artist Rendering of 8 Acre Memorial Park At Ground Zero

After the September 11th attacks, Vega was one of the managers of the recovery and rescue effort at Ground Zero.

“It was a mass grave,” he said, “We’re going to turn it into a place where living things are and where future generations can enjoy life and remember. They’ll always remember what took place there.”Vega says the trees are symbolic in many ways.

“They speak of rebirth, how they die and come back every season.  They breathe just like we do,” he said.

The selection process was significant as well.

“The trees were harvested from the states where the attacks took place.  So, even the trees speak of the trauma that took place on 9/11.”

Trauma aside, Vega says this is a day of hope.  This is, “the first life on the plaza.  This is it.  This means we’ve come back… That’s what these trees represent. They’re the bridge between that horrible day and our rebirth.”

http://liveshots.blogs.foxnews.com/2010/08/27/bringing-life-to-ground-zero/

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