NEW YORK – With help from longtime collaborator the New York City Urban Field Station, last week’s Science of the Living City seminar was live from New York on the evening of May 16.
In addition to drawing an in-person audience at the J.M. Kaplan Fund in Manhattan, the first of a two-part seminar series “Caring for NYC's Forest: a Story of Research, Community, and Inspiration” was also livestreamed by Natural Areas Conservancy via Facebook.
The seminar focuses on awareness of the city’s forested natural areas and the shared stewardship that is helping manage them. The event was moderated by Liam Kavanagh, first deputy commissioner, NYC Parks. Panelists included Sarah Charlop-Powers, executive director of the Natural Areas Conservancy; Kristy King, director of Natural Areas Restoration & Management, NYC Parks; Erika Svendsen, Forest Service social scientist and co-director of NYC Urban Field Station; and Josephine Scalia, landscape projects and volunteer coordinator at NYC Parks.
A research social scientist at the New York City Urban Field Station, Svendsen discussed STEW-MAP, a Forest Service tool to visualize stewardship capacity. STEW-MAP provides a powerful way for government agencies, non-profits and other organizations to achieve outcomes that would otherwise be impossible with finite resources while helping create communities that are stronger, healthier, greener and more resilient. Additionally, STEW-MAP NYC features the story of the Natural Areas Conservancy and NYC Parks' Forest Management Framework, the city’s first ever long-term action plan and road map for the care of its forested natural areas.
The New York City Urban Field Station was established as a partnership between the USDA Forest Service and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. The ‘Science of the Living City’ is a program hosted by the NYC Urban Field Station that engages natural resource professionals and the public across NYC in dynamic events and discussions related to urban social, biological, and physical ecology and quality of life in cities. The second part of the series is schedule for Monday, June 17.