MillionTreesNYC Issues Report on the Campaign’s Research and Practice

New York, NY (March 24, 2014) – MillionTreesNYC, in partnership with the USDA Forest Service, has released “MillionTreesNYC: The Integration of Research and Practice,” which provides an overview of the campaign’s programs and relevant research that helped to substantiate, inform, or measure the campaign since its inception.

Million Trees NYC spring planting 2013-rodmans-neck-3The report is the fruit of a long-term partnership between MillionTreesNYC and the USDA Forest Service coupled with many years of collaboration between researchers, program managers, and policy makers and is meant not only to illustrate environmental and social research directly related to the campaign but also to serve as a replicable model for research surrounding urban tree planting and care programs. Download the report.

MillionTreesNYC is an ambitious campaign to plant and care for one million new trees in New York City. Implemented by the NYC Parks and the nonprofit New York Restoration Project, this innovative, citywide effort crosses property jurisdictions and physical sites.

The goal is to enhance the entire ‘green matrix’ of the urban forest across streets, recreational parks, natural areas, schools, public housing campuses, and private yards. Research and practice have continually informed each other throughout the MillionTreesNYC campaign.

Decades of scientific monitoring data and analysis by academics, federal scientists, and local managers have demonstrated the many social and environmental benefits of the urban forest and this publication serves to catalogue much of the research that has both preceded the campaign as well as the studies initiated as a result of it.

MillionTreesNYC: The Integration of Research and Practice” is meant not only to illustrate environmental and social research directly related to the campaign but also to serve as a replicable model for research surrounding urban tree planting and care programs. Such programs can inspire multi-disciplinary research on urban planting practices, public reactions, stewardship, public policy, etc.

This research can prove invaluable to the establishment, continued investment, and evaluation of urban planting and care initiatives. MillionTresNYC continues to invite the participation of additional partners going forward, including continuing an ongoing dialogue on development of programming and assessing the impacts of tree planting and care on communities and the environment. The New York City Urban Field Station is a physical place and conceptual space for continuing this dialogue.

Download the report: “MillionTreesNYC: The Integration of Research and Practice.