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Forest Service Partnership with MillionTreesNYC

Photo of MillionTreesNYC Training Program participants at a volunteer planting day in Staten Island, NY. Brian Aucoin, New York City Department of Parks & RecreationMillionTreesNYC Training Program participants at a volunteer planting day in Staten Island, NY. Brian Aucoin, New York City Department of Parks & RecreationSnapshot : The demand for a well-trained green-collar labor force will increase as many cities implement sustainability and green infrastructure plans. Additionally, many green jobs training programs are intended to provide pathways out of poverty for low-skilled workers. Forest Service scientists investigated young-adult graduates of green-jobs training programs in New York City and found not just positive environmental attitudes and behaviors but also increased self-confidence in young graduates.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Svendsen, ErikaCampbell, Lindsay K.
Research Location : New York
Research Station : Northern Research Station (NRS)
Year : 2013
Highlight ID : 496

Summary

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

External Partners

  • Sheree Johnson, NRS/FPL Civil Rights
  • Brian Aucoin, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
  • David Maddox, Sound Science
  • Jenny Sharfstein Kane, Mayor's Fund for the City of New York
  • Paulina Mohamed, formerly of New York Restoration Project.