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The Daily Plant : Monday, September 27, 2010

Parks & USDA Cut Ribbon On First-ever Urban Field Station In NYC Parks

Cutting the ribbon at the City's first ever Urban Field Station on Friday.
Daniel Avila

On Friday, September 24, Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station Director Michael T. Rains and Director of the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability David Bragdon to cut the ribbon on the new Urban Field Station at Fort Totten in Queens.

“The City’s first ever Urban Field Station provides wonderful opportunities for Parks Department scientists to share information and work with researchers from all over the world,” said Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe. “We are proud to further our partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service to better understand the urban environment, its ecological systems, and managing its dynamic settings, especially as we work to add one million new trees as part of Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC.”

The New York City Urban Field Station is a unique scientific collaboration between the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation and the USDA Forest Service’s Northern Research Station. First launched in 2006, the Urban Field Station now provides a formal location for this long-term research partnership promoting research on urban ecology, conservation, stewardship, and ecological literacy to support ecosystem management and human well-being. The new facility is designed as a shared office and lab where city and federal scientists will work hand-in-hand to address critical land management questions relevant to NYC and other cities across the country.

The Urban Field Station has engaged more than 100 non-profit, academic, and government partners creating innovative research programs, workshops and symposia, technical consultations, peer-reviewed publications, and databases that support urban ecosystem management and sustainability planning efforts such as PlaNYC.


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Pablo Neruda
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The parking lot at Little Bay Park - in front of the Fort Totten entrance is under construction. The project will include the construction of a new comfort station and expansion of the parking lot at Little Bay Park to serve users of both Little Bay Park and Fort Totten Park. The existing parking lot will be reconstructed and new planted islands (swales) will be added to improve air quality and reduce storm water run-off. The Brooklyn-Queens Greenway, which currently runs along the southern end of the park, will be relocated along the waterfront and extended into Fort Totten Park. New landscaped meadows and tree plantings will be added between the parking lot and the Cross Island service road, and a new comfort station will be added to Little Bay Park. This project will improve public access to Little Bay and Fort Totten Parks and will improve the utility and public enjoyment of the Greenway.

Anticipated Completion: Spring 2015

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