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A Unique Partnership Aids NYC Clean-up Efforts

Firefighter "hotshots" from the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee were transplanted to New York City to help clean up damage in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, and Kissena Park, Queens, from tornadoes that struck Sept.16. The crew was among several from the U.S. Forest Service to come to the aid of the NYC Parks Department. The efforts came during the emergency response phase of the post-storm activities. Using advanced expertise and safety standards, the Forest Service crew was able to skillfully and safely remove dangerous, fallen trees from public trails and other areas in the two parks.

The U.S. Forest Service focus on forested urban areas extends beyond response to emergencies. Through its partners, including state forestry agencies, the Forest Service Urban and Community Forest Program provides assistance to urban forests through research, education, technology, and funding support.

This clean-up effort comes on the heels of the Forest Service Northern Research Station's grand opening of the New York City Urban Field Station at historic Fort Totten in Queens. The field station, a partnership between the Northern Research Station and NYC Department of Parks, will provide a location for city and federal scientists, along with researchers from academia and other organizations, to work hand-in-hand to address critical land management questions relevant to New York City and cities around the country.

Media Reports

New York Times

Urban Turn for Workers Accustomed to the Forest

NY1 Television

U.S. Forest Service Helps To Clear Tornado Damage

Firefighters from the Cherokee National Forest in Tennessee have been transplanted to the heart of Brooklyn this week to help clean up damage in Prospect Park from the recent tornadoes.

 

Last Modified: 10/06/2010