New York City Urban Field Station

Special Events

[photo:] Rich Hallet log rolling on Harlem River.  Photo by Jerry Willis.In October 2012, Urban Field Station (UFS) staff participated in a weeklong Celebration of the Harlem River. During the week, UFS staff helped conservation educator Tamberly Conway with an educational water cycle activity for local South Bronx middle school students. At the weekend “Party on the River,” the UFS led an educational mural painting activity for local residents and provided a logrolling demonstration followed by a wood chopping demonstration by the SUNY Cobleskill Woodsmen team. The week’s events were led by the Harlem River Working Group and supported by members of the Urban Waters Federal Partnership Harlem River pilot location (including the National Park Service, US Geological Survey, Environmental Protection Agency and US Forest Service). 


The NYC UFS and MillionTreesNYC kicked off the U.S. celebration of the United Nations International Year of Forests 2011 with a welcome reception at Lincoln Center, where Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell highlighted the importance of working in partnership across jurisdictions, boundaries, and landscapes to reverse forest loss, and to increase the health and productivity of forests domestically and globally. The year-long, world-wide celebration raised awareness and inspired actions to sustainably manage and conserve the world's trees and forests. [photo:] Woodsy says Lend a hand.  Photo by Tamberly Conway.The United Nations objectives for the International Year of Forests were to: reverse the loss of forest cover, enhance economic, social and environmental benefits, increase the area of sustainably managed forests, and encourage increased spending on managing and improving forests.


In 2008, the Forest Service NYC Urban Field Station (UFS) partnered with MillionTreesNYC, Cornell University, and the New School to host the MillionTreesNYC, Green Infrastructure, and Urban Ecology Workshop. Approximately 80 researchers and practitioners participated in the multi- day workshop that consisted of presentations, small-group discussion, site visits, and plenary meetings. The report from the workshop presents an interdisciplinary research agenda to inform the adaptive management of the MillionTreesNYC Campaign. In 2010, the UFS helped convene the MillionTreesNYC, Green Infrastructure, and Urban Ecology Research Symposium at The New School in New York City. Over 200 researchers and practitioners met to discuss diverse topics such as urban heat island mitigation, street tree mortality, and environmental stewardship. Invited speakers, papers and posters showcased recent advances in urban ecological thinking and design applications. Visit the symposium website at http://www.milliontreesnyc.org/html/research/index.shtml.