Fulton Ferry Tree
Brooklyn, New York
Ellis letter offering seedlings to state foresters /
Preston letter requesting seedlings for New York /
Preston letter on shipping tree to Brooklyn
A sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) Moon Tree was planned to be planted at the Fulton Ferry in Brooklyn, New York
circa June 1976. The paper trail described below is the only evidence we have of the tree's history.
A letter addressed to "All State Foresters Field Offices" was sent by Howard Burnett (for Thomas
Ellis) of the Forest Service Office in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, to the New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation, Lands and
Forests Administration, dated
May 16, 1975.
The letter, which was presumably the
beginning step for most of the Moon Trees planted around the country, offered
Moon Tree seedlings for planting in New York.
(Howard Burnett also took part in the first official Moon Tree planting in
and wrote a
first hand description
of the event.)
June 4, 1975,
James O. Preston, Director of the Division of Lands and Forests,
responded with a request to Howard Burnett for one or more of the Moon Tree seedlings for
On September 8, Preston and Edgar C. Fabber, the Commissioner of the Department of
Ports and Terminals in New York, had a conversation about the Moon Trees, and on
September 10, 1975,
Fabber wrote to Preston, requesting a Moon Tree seedling be allotted for planting at
The Fulton Ferry in Brooklyn, New York. The site was being developed as a national landmark
and had several bicentennial events planned there.
September 30, 1975,
Thomas Ellis sent a letter to James Preston informing him that limited numbers of
seedlings would be available for each state for planting during the Bicentennial.
December 18, 1975,
James Preston sent a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner
Hullar informing him that one seedling had been allocated for the Fulton Ferry
in Brooklyn, and they were requesting two more, possibly for Buffalo and
Fabber letter requesting seedling for Brooklyn /
Ellis letter to Preston on the seedlings /
Preston letter that a seedling was going to Fulton Ferry
Barton Zeh wrote to Ron Dinas of the Institute of Forest Genetics in Gulfport,
March 15, 1976,
to arrange for shipping of three sycamore
seedlings after April 30, 1976, and inquiring about the exact date.
James Preston wrote to Charles Kris of the City of New York Department of Ports and Terminals on
May 7, 1976, letting him know that they would be shipping a Moon Tree
seedling for planting at Fulton Ferry during the week of June 14, 1976
and requesting exact shipping directions.
He mentions that this would be the only Moon Tree planted in downstate New York.
Zeh letter arranging shipping after April 30 /
Preston letter on a seedling going to Fulton Ferry
A memo and an airbill dated June 7, 1976, shows the sycamore seedlings were sent
by air freight from the Southern Forest Experiment Station in Gulfport to the
N.Y. State Department of Environmental Conservation in Albany. The seedlings
were shipped on Allegany Airlines to Albany Airport.
Airbill showing seedlings delivered to New York /
Memo on air freighting of seedlings
This is the last information we have on this tree, there is no further news or
documentation on the planting or disposition of the seedling.
Letters and information courtesy of Kendall Nagi and the New York State Archive.
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