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St. Nicholas Park: A Community Forestry Management Plan

Large boulder rocks with outcropping at St. Nicholas park

New York City’s urban forest is comprised of over 5 million trees, of which an estimated 2.3 million grow on public land under the jurisdiction of Parks & Recreation (Nowak & Crane, 2002). These trees grow primarily in three distinct environments: 1) along curbs and roadways, 2) in forested natural areas, and 3) in heavily used neighborhood parks. The more than 650,000 street trees have been inventoried, cataloged, and are intensively managed by the Agency. The woodlands and forests of Parks’ natural areas, 17.3 percent of the total Parks acreage , are also the focus of significant initiatives including long-term management plans, restoration projects, and ongoing scientific study.

St. Nicholas Park was chosen for this project because it is a moderately sized park that serves as a focal point of the surrounding neighborhoods. Community support is growing through the Friends of St. Nicholas Park. Additionally, the park has significant landscape history, beautiful specimen trees, and discrete woodlands.

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