Our trees and green spaces are essential to
life in New York City.
Our urban forest totals over 5 million trees and 168
species. It can be found throughout the city along streets
and highways, in neighborhood playgrounds, backyards and, community gardens, and
even along commercial developments.There are 6,000 acres of
woodlands in parks alone!
Trees in such a dense urban environment mean two things: people
can directly benefit from them in their day-to-day lives (shade and cleaner
air), but also trees must contend with a host of challenges that all
Competition for open space in the City is fierce, as
residential and commercial developments reduce existing and potential tree
habitat. Between 1984 and 2002 alone, New York City lost 9,000 acres of green
open space to competing land uses.
Environmental and physical factorschallenge street,
yard, and woodland trees throughout the City. Construction damage, invasive
species, soil compaction and degradation, drought, flooding, air pollution,
vandalism, and pests, such as the Asian longhorned beetle, all impact the
Population growth, means rising CO2
emissions and other air and water pollutants, urban density and new
construction, and vehicle and foot traffic. All of these factors will impact
the health of our urban forest.
But with the awareness and engagement of all New York City residents
these trees can overcome their difficult growing conditions to provide the most
benefit possible to all New Yorkers.
MillionTreesNYC will bring thousands of trees to streets, parks, and
forests throughout the City. In addition to adding trees to
the urban forest, MillionTreesNYC will raise the profile of trees to the general
public so all New Yorkers not only benefit but also
contribute. Together, we can create a greener, greater