We work across NYC to restore forests, wetlands, and grasslands.
To enhance New Yorkers’ quality of life, we:
Ensure Healthy Forests through tree plantings and long-term management.
Improve Coastal Resilience by rebuilding dunes and marshes, and creating tools to prioritize wetland restoration.
Conduct Groundbreaking Research to create regional conservation tools and knowledge.
Get New Yorkers Outside through volunteer events, tours, lectures, and trail improvements.
Ensure Healthy Forests
Healthy forests mean a lot more than clean air and greener parks. Each year, our trees capture 1.97 billion gallons of storm water runoff and store 1.2 million tons of carbon per year. NYC’s trees also remove 1,300 tons of pollutants from the atmosphere with a savings in health costs of $93.2 million dollars annually.
New York City has 20,000+ acres of natural areas, more than 10,000 acres within NYC Parks—a land area half the size of Manhattan!
NYC’s urban forests also provide a meaningful connection to nature for millions of people. We support the long-term health of NYC’s forest through our boots-on-the-ground management efforts and volunteer engagement. We're also launching our Forest Management Framework in April. Learn more about the 20-year plan and how to get involved.
Growing Native Plants
We support the production of locally-sourced native plants at the city’s Greenbelt Native Plant Center on Staten Island. Working with partners across the mid-Atlantic, we conserve genetic material from plants in a seed bank.
Improve Coastal Resilience
Our experts are leading the charge to prepare for future climate changes and to protect wildlife habitats through salt marsh restoration.
New York City has lost 90% of its historic wetlands.
We safeguard the important functions of well-managed and vibrant wetlands: including buffering neighborhoods from storms like Sandy. We create tools to prioritize future restoration projects.
Conduct Groundbreaking Research
We believe that good management comes from good information. Our research allows us to better protect NYC’s natural ecosystems. One of our current research projects is to develop a tool that matches species expected to thrive in future climate scenarios and apply the tool to upcoming restoration projects in NYC thus increasing forest resilience. You can learn more about this project here.
We led one of the largest urban ecology study in the country and are using that information to guide how natural areas are managed and restored. We work with leaders in our field on our Advisory Board to set goals for the future of nature in NYC — you can find our published findings here.
Get New Yorkers Outside
We’re getting the word out about our city’s amazing diversity and opportunities to hike in forests and wetlands across all five boroughs. In addition to restoring our city’s trails, we organize lectures, tours, and volunteer projects to improve our city’s abundant nature and to help you experience NYC’s wild side.