Research

MillionTreesNYC works to coordinate efforts between researchers, practitioners, and policymakers towards a better understanding of New York City's natural environment. Here are our projects:

Urban Field Station

Welcome to MillionTreesNYC Research. In addition to citywide tree plantings, volunteer engagements, and public programs, studying the effects of increasing tree canopy on urban ecosystems and various related fields is essential to our mission. The MillionTreesNYC Advisory Board Research & Evaluation Subcommittee works to coordinate efforts between researchers and policymakers towards a better understanding of NYC's urban environment


MillionTreesNYC: The Integration of Research and Practice

MillionTreesNYC: The Integration of Research and Practice

The MillionTreesNYC Research and Evaluation Subcommittee is excited to share with you “MillionTreesNYC: The Integration of Research and Practice,” a document meant to provide an overview of the campaign’s programs and to illustrate the relevant research that helped to substantiate, inform, or measure the campaign since its inception. The report is the fruit of a long-term partnership between MillionTreesNYC and the USDA Forest Service coupled with many years of collaboration between researchers, program managers, and policy makers and is meant not only to illustrate environmental and social research directly related to the campaign but also to serve as a replicable model for research surrounding urban tree planting and care programs.


Tree Talks with Parkies and Friends: MillionTreesNYC Lecture Series

In summer 2013 MillionTreesNYC hosted a lecture series celebrating all the intricacies, challenges and decisions involved in urban forestry in New York City. Each presentation is included below. Any questions on the material covered or requests for use of the images may be addressed to [email protected].


The Urban Field Station at Fort Totten: A Collaboration between the USDA Forest Service and New York City Department of Parks and Recreation

New York City Parks and USDA Forest Service Northern Research Staff work together on various research projects related to MillionTreesNYC at the New York City Urban Field Station, a collaborative facility that supports scientists from both agencies as well as visiting researchers.

Urban Field Station staff are involved as members of the MillionTreesNYC advisory committee as well as the Research & Evaluation and Tree Planting & Stewardship subcommittees. In this spirit of facilitating research, an urban forestry and ecology bibliography was created in support of the MillionTreesNYC project. This project was initially conducted by Northern Research Station personnel at the request of the MillionTreesNYC campaign, with guidance from the MillionTreesNYC Research Committee. The bibliography file can be used with most commercial bibliographic software. Last updated August 2011.

In support of MillionTreesNYC, Northern Research Station staff has compiled a comprehensive Urban Forest Bibliography (PDF, 678 KB) of ecological studies and research sources.


MillionTreesNYC, Green Infrastructure, and Urban Ecology: A Research Symposium March 5th and 6th, 2010, New York City

A total of 55 research papers and posters were presented during the MillionTreesNYC Spring Research Symposium. We've included a list of the presenters and their respective study topics in the comprehensive Symposium Research Abstracts document. Please feel free to browse these submissions, which bolster the growing body of knowledge on urban ecology and green infrastructure.


Cities And The Environment (CATE) Journal Issue on MillionTreesNYC Research

In order to continue the momentum initiated by our spring 2009 Research Workshop and March 2010 Symposium, the editors at Cities And The Environment (CATE) Electronic Journal have collaborated with MillionTreesNYC to release a special edition of their publication which reflects many of the contributions from our partners in research.


Executive Summary from our Spring 2009 Research Workshop

The Spring 2009 workshop "MillionTreesNYC, Green Infrastructure, and Urban Ecology: Building a Research Agenda" brought together more than 100 researchers, practitioners and New York City policymakers to collaboratively develop a research agenda to support the management, practice and rationale for MillionTreesNYC and to contribute to the accumulating knowledge on the socio-ecology of urban landscapes and green infrastructure. The workshop was organized by the Research & Evaluation Subcommittee, a component of the MillionTreesNYC Advisory Board. Workshop activities included prepared presentations by NYC officials, USDA Forest Service scientists, and university researchers; site visits to a variety of MillionTreesNYC planting sites; and a two-day workshop consisting of dialog within and among discussion groups. The workshop is intended to be the first step in a broader process of integration between researchers and practitioners working to understand and improve New York’s environment and green infrastructure.


Supporting Success: Making the Transition to Green Collar Jobs

In June 2010, MillionTreesNYC, in partnership with the USDA Forest Service and the NYC Center for Economic Opportunity, hosted a 'Supporting Success' symposium as a forum to inform employers as well as MillionTreesNYC Training Program staff on the challenges involved, and steps required to make a successful transition from poverty and public assistance into a long-term, self-sustaining green job. Training crew leaders and individuals who work directly with trainees in the field attended workshop sessions on topics including continuing education, workplace issues, and economic mobility. Guest speakers included representatives from the NYC Department for the Aging, Child Welfare and Workforce Development Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, US Department of Labor, CUNY City College, the Mental Health Association of NYC, and the New York City Housing Authority.


For Further Reading:

Over the last several years, the Parks Department has developed a series of urban forest management reports focusing on individual parks or neighborhoods. These reports follow a trend in urban forestry that has moved from a reactionary management of individual trees to a proactive, systematic, and strategic focus on the urban forest system as a whole. These management plans serve as a blueprint for future activities from planting, to tree care, community engagement, and education.