Wetland and Forest Conservation New York City
Natural Areas Conservancy
The Natural Areas Conservancy (NAC) exists to restore and conserve the green and blue spaces of New York City in order to enhance the lives of all New Yorkers. The NAC champion urban natural areas in New York City and across America through innovative research, partnerships, and advocacy. NAC increase the health and resilience of urban forests and wetlands, catalyse connections between people and nature, and strengthen the environmental workforce.
Why did we choose this project?
We love the breadth of work being done by NAC to support and promote all of New York's natural spaces. It can be easy to underestimate the importance of green space in our cities but New York City is home to over 20,000 acres of natural areas — with 7,300 acres of forest within NYC Parks. Each year, the city's trees capture 1.97 billion gallons of stormwater runoff and store 1.2 million tons of carbon per year. They remove 1,300 tons of pollutants from the atmosphere, New York City’s urban forests also provide meaningful connections to nature for millions of people.
How does it work?
The NAC works to: • ensure healthy forests through tree plantings and long-term management • improve coastal resilience by rebuilding dunes and marshes, and prioritising wetland restoration • adapt natural areas to climate change by conducting innovative research •. train the next generation of conservation leaders through an internship program • get New Yorkers outside through volunteer events, lectures and trail improvements • build a coalition of parks professionals to promote healthy natural areas in cities across America.
Verified by Pinwheel
8 Mar 2023
New York, America
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