Photographer documents tree damage following Superstorm Sandy

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© Brett Essler

Arborist Corey Link moves a large log from an oak tree uprooted by Hurricane Sandy at the New York Botanical Garden.

It has been six months since Superstorm Sandy ravaged the east coast of the United States. To mark the occasion, photographer Brett Essler put together a photo essay documenting the extensive damage to trees in New York City. The damage caused to trees is, of course, in no way more important than the immense human suffering caused by this storm, but as Essler notes, trees play an important role in cities:

The devastating human suffering and economic costs of Hurricane Sandy will be felt for years. While the loss of a tree is not comparable to the loss of a life, home, or livelihood, the plants and trees that line our parks, yards, and streets are an important part of our city’s history and ecosystem.
The city’s trees are home to endangered migratory birds, shelter from the summer sun, and the backdrop for a cherished family photos.
The photos in this essay are from parts of New York City that saw little human or property damage. Here, Sandy made her mark in other subtle, but equally long-lasting, ways.

Watch the photo essay below:

Their Songs Never Cease from Brett Essler on Vimeo.

Terese Flores of the New York City Parks Department counts the rings on an downed oak tree in Inwood Hill Park. She estimates the tree was 130 years old.

You can see the rest of his photos here.

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