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Public Employee Press: PEP Talk


Locals 1508 & 1506 lead Parks Urban Forestry summit

Two local presidents were among an international group of arborists and urban forestry experts at the Dept. of Parks and Recreation Forestry Summit in February. Mike Zeno, president of Local 1508 Uniformed Park Officers, and Ibn Mann, president of Local 1506 NYC Climbers and Pruners, coordinated the seminar that focused on tree care and maintenance.

The forestry seminar was designed to further educate the Parks’ unionized workforce on maintaining MillionTreesNYC and other trees and urban plantings citywide. Seminar participants included arborists in Local 1506, Civil Service Technical Guild Local 375, architects, planners, project managers, scientists, and foresters who assess tree needs and maintenance, as well as Park Supervisors, Park Supervisors Level II, and Principal Park Supervisors in Local 1508. The event drew 320 employees. The Parks summit also recognized Mann and Local 1506 members who volunteered after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in 2017, and responded to Superstorm Sandy and tornadoes and microbursts in Queens and Brooklyn.