Forest Service Partnership with MillionTreesNYC
In 2009, the Forest Service's Northern Research Station and State & Private Forestry, Northeastern Area partnered in supporting the MillionTreesNYC Training Program, with $2 million to help fund the employment of graduates from the nine-month training program. The training program, run by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and New York Restoration Project, targeted 18- to 24-year-olds who were previously disconnected from the workforce. Graduates of the program worked directly in arboriculture, ecological restoration, landscape design, and horticulture. Subsequently, Forest Service scientists convened a workshop on how to improve the transition from green-job training to careers. They reported on lessons learned by experts, practitioners, and trainers, who participated in a panel discussion, followed by roundtable discussions, and a keynote address. They also analyzed the experiences of graduates from the program and found that these urban conservation jobs could be transformational for economically disadvantaged youth.
Forest Service Partners