MillionTreesNYC, New York City’s ambitious program to plant and care for 1 million new trees in 10 years, reached its goal two years early. In the process, the city transformed neighborhoods with hundreds of thousands of street trees, with half of the trees planted while restoring over 200 acres of native forests. So what comes next? This talk will look at how the innovations developed during MillionTreesNYC persist today, share the latest tree census methods, show efforts to engage and communicate with communities, and cover other advances in management approaches.
Jennifer Greenfeld is New York City Parks & Recreation’s chief of Forestry, Horticulture, and Natural Resources, the division responsible for the protection, restoration, and management of more than 10,000 acres of natural areas in New York City and for policy and management of one of the nation's largest urban forestry programs. A graduate of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Ms. Greenfeld worked for urban forestry organizations in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco before joining Parks & Recreation nearly two decades ago.