One of the most visible components of MillionTreesNYC is our street tree planting commitment. The City of New York has calculated that there is room for an additional 220,000 curbside trees in additional to the nearly 600,000 that existed prior to Mayor Bloomberg's PlaNYC 2030 initiative. Because there are so many different components involved in growing trees, selecting species, and installing trees, the street tree planting process can seem complex. However, our foresters' vast experience with the procurement and planting process has allowed us to refine our techniques for the benefit of the entire city. Following are detailed accounts of both our tree procurement process and our street tree planting procedure.
How We Select Our Trees
How We Plant Street Trees
Download our most recent block planting maps to see which streets in each borough have been 'fully stocked' with street trees. This means that at the time of completion and close of our planting season, all available and appropriate locations for street tree installation along sidewalks have been planted. The status of appropriate planting locations may be revised over time due to the changing nature of city streets.
For a more in-depth look at Parks' street tree procurement process, check out the article Tree Procurement Contracts: New York City's Quest for Amazing Trees (PDF, 306 KB) written by Parks Senior Forester Matthew Stephens for the May/June 2010 issue of City Trees: The Journal of The Society of Municipal Arborists.