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Rekindling the Forest in Our City: A story of research, responsibility, and care

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Natural Areas Conservancy

Rekindling the Forest in Our City: A story of research, responsibility, and care
December 12, 2018

Kristen King, NYC Parks
Sarah Charlop-Powers, Natural Areas Conservancy
Erika Svendsen, USDA Forest Service

A surprising 84% of urban parkland in the U.S. is natural areas (forests and wetlands). In 2018, the Natural Areas Conservancy (NAC) and NYC Parks released a Forest Management Framework for New York City, a 25-year roadmap to invest in and care for the city’s 7,300 acres of forested natural areas. Informed by extensive research by NAC, NYC Parks, and the USDA Forest Service, the Framework’s robust metrics will allow New York City to enhance biodiversity, adapt its forests to climate change, and expand its trails system. In this webinar, Kristy King will describe this first-ever comprehensive plan for the management of NYC Parks’ forests. Sarah Charlop-Powers will describe NAC’s new approach to natural resource management and their outreach to representatives from more than 100 U.S. cities who are also working to manage their natural forests. Erika Svendsen will close the session with a moderated discussion about the rise of local natural resource organizations, the importance of natural areas for people and the environment, and the use of data and research to inform local management efforts.

Presentations

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Rekindling the Forest in Our City: A story of research, responsibility, and care (PDF)

Kristen King
Director, Natural Areas Restoration & Management
NYC Parks

Sarah Charlop-Powers
Executive Director
Natural Areas Conservancy

Resources

Resources Mentioned in the Webinar

Forest Management Framework for New York City
The Forest Management Framework is intended to guide the restoration and management of NYC Parks’ 7,300 acres of forested natural areas. The framework, New York City’s first citywide forest management plan, is based on comprehensive data that includes ecological conditions and visitor perceptions and experiences and recommends a 25-year investment to improve long-term forest health.

Natural Areas Conservancy
The Natural Areas Conservancy website provides publications and an interactive Nature Map to help you discover and explore New York City’s natural areas.

US Forest Service Resources

New York City Urban Field Station
Check out the U.S. Forest Service’s New York City Field Station website for more information on its research focus, seminars, and publications.

Forest Landscape Assessment Tool
The Forest Landscape Assessment Tool (FLAT) is a set of procedures and tools used to rapidly determine forest ecological conditions and potential threats. FLAT enables planners and managers to understand baseline conditions, determine and prioritize restoration needs across a landscape system, and conduct ongoing monitoring to achieve land management goals.