About the Forest Management Framework

Forest Management Framework for New York City

A joint project of the Natural Areas Conservancy and NYC Parks, the Forest Management Framework for New York City is a strategic and comprehensive plan to bolster and protect New York City’s vital urban forests. It is the first citywide vision for this critical piece of infrastructure. The plan is intended to guide restoration, management, and community engagement for 7,300 acres of New York City’s forested parkland. The 25- year plan includes the process, costs, steps, recommendations, best practices, and goals for forest management in NYC. It marks the culmination of six years of research, data collection, and analysis by NAC scientists.

Read a one page summary of goals and the full report

A key part of the project includes providing data-informed guidance in forest management to other NYC Park conservancies in 2018 and 2019. In spring 2018, the Natural Areas Conservancy worked with the Forest Park Trust in Queens and the Prospect Park Alliance in Brooklyn through the Conservancy Engagement Program.

This project was generously funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Ittleson Foundation, and The New York Community Trust.

Climate-Adaptive Planting Palette for New York City Forests

In conjunction with the Forest Management Framework, the Natural Areas Conservancy has developed recommendations for climate-resilient tree species to plant in New York City forests. We have identified native species that are most resilient under warmer, drier conditions. NYC Parks has adopted our recommendations for their planting projects, and we’re making them available to other conservancies.

This project was funded by a Wildlife Conservation Society Climate Adaptation Fund grant. Support for this Fund is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

New York City Council Hearing: Ensuring the Short and Long Term Preservation of the City's Natural Forest

On October 25, 2018 the Natural Areas Conservancy's Sarah Charlop-Powers presented testimony to the New York City Council Committee on Parks & Recreation. We were joined by over 15 agencies, organizations, and individuals in calling on the New York City Council to support the Forest Management Framework for New York City.

Watch the full hearing.