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Urban Natural Resources Stewardship


make nyc even cooler: MillionTreesNYCWhat is MillionTreesNYC?

MillionTreesNYC, is a Citywide, public-private initiative with an ambitious goal: to plant and care for one million new trees across the City's five boroughs over the next decade.

For more information on the project, visit the MillionTreesNYC web site.

How is the Forest Service Involved?

Research staff from the Northern Research Station's New York City Urban Field Station are involved as members of the MillionTreesNYC advisory committee as well as the Research & Evaluation and Tree Planting & Stewardship subcommittees. Visit the MillionTreesNYC site for more information on the partners and sponsors or to get involved.

Forest Service Chief Gail Kimball, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and Bette MidlerOn October 9, 2007, Forest Service Chief Kimball joined Mayor Michael Bloomberg and entertainer Bette Midler in announcing the city's intention to plant one million trees over the next 10 years. Ms. Midler is the founder of the New York Restoration Project, a non-profit that works with individuals, community-based groups, and public agencies to reclaim, restore, and develop parks, community gardens, and other open spaces in New York City.

Partnership Results

Research Symposium

In March 2010, over 200 researchers and practitioners met for two days at The New School in New York City for he successful MillionTreesNYC, Green Infrastructure, and Urban Ecology Research Symposium . Experts from academia, government, business, and nonprofit sectors covered such d iverse topics as urban heat island mitigation, street tree mortality, and environmental stewardship .  Invited speakers, papers and posters focused on recent advances in urban ecological thinking and design . 

Visit the symposium website to learn more:

Research Workshop

From April 28 to May 1, 2010, the U.S. Forest Service partnered with MillionTreesNYC, Cornell University, and the New School to host the workshop “MillionTreesNYC, Green Infrastructure, and Urban Ecology".  Approximately 80 researchers and practitioners participated in presentations, small-group discussion, site visits, and plenary meetings.  The goal of the workshop was to develop a draft, interdisciplinary research agenda to inform the adaptive management of the MillionTreesNYC Campaign. 

View the agenda.
Read the report from the 2008 workshop.

Urban Forestry Bibliography

In support of the MillionTreesNYC project, U.S. Forest Service researchers compiled an Urban Forestry Bibliography with guidance from the MillionTreesNYC Research Committee. The bibliography file can be used with most commercial bibliographic software. It was last updated in August 2011.


Urban Tree Canopy

Grove, J. Morgan; O’Neil-Dunne, Jarlath; Pelletier, Keith; Nowak, David; Walton, Jeff. 2006. A Report on New York City’s Present and Possible Urban Tree Canopy.

GIS Analysis of New York City’s Ecology: Using spatial analysis tools to assist the Million-TreesNYC Campaign
In the Summer/Fall 2008, advanced spatial analysis students from the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont’s (UVM) Spatial Analysis Lab worked with FS scientists and natural resource professionals from the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC DPR) to design and develop methods to prioritize sites for tree planting . In August, t he course began with a four-day site visit to New York City where students met with leadership at NYC DPR, neighborhood stewardship groups, and other city and federal agencies. Selection of priority tree planting areas included identifying areas in need of new vegetation, and accounting for factors like the level (and potential health) of existing vegetation cover, land use, socioeconomic characteristics of residents, and proximity to other features, both natural and built. Using data from recent FS and NYC research, students will eventually developed prioritization maps for targeting tree planting and other ‘green investments.’ A Model builder environment in ArcGIS was used to formalize the processes that students developed and generated tools that can be re-deployed by the City. 
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Getting Involved

The MillionTreesNYC site has information and contact forms on their web-site to help you get involved.


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Last Modified: 01/02/2015