By City Life Org
Presented by Forest for All NYC in partnership with the Parks and Open Space Partners–NYC Coalition and NYC Parks, the day will include over 75 fun and educational events city-wide to care for and learn about New York City trees! The goal of the day is to bring New Yorkers together to learn more about the benefits of our urban forest and ways they can volunteer/steward to ensure it flourishes.
This year’s City of Forest Day will be even bigger and more inclusive than last year (with events in Mandarin, Bengali, and Spanish, and nearly 30 events that are good for kids)!
Fresh off the NYC Council passing two vital pieces of legislation to maintain and protect the urban forest, City of Forest Day will be a huge celebration of our recent victories! Int. 1065, requires the City to create and monitor an urban forest plan to achieve a citywide goal of 30% canopy cover and Int. 1066, amends the City Charter to require the City to consider the role of trees and tree canopy in its long-term sustainability planning. Together, these pieces of legislation will help make NYC more just, healthy, and resilient.
Emily Nobel Maxwell, of Forest for All NYC and organizer of City of Forest Day issued the following statement:
“Our 2nd annual City of Forest Day is bigger and better than ever! The enthusiasm and excitement that’s going into each of the more than 75 events citywide demonstrates the love New Yorkers have for their urban forest, and highlights the tremendous opportunity for tree stewardship and care across the city. Stewardship and public engagement are crucial elements of equitably growing the NYC urban forest – key goals of the NYC Urban Forest Agenda. As New Yorkers face the realities of climate change, caring for our urban forest so that it helps mitigate flooding and extreme heat is critical to the health, quality of life, and future of all New Yorkers.”