Natural Resources Group

Natural area in Marine Park

In the shadows of sky–scrapers and on the edges of a highly urbanized landscape, New York City's natural areas continue to support diverse plant and wildlife populations, including numerous rare, threatened and endangered species. Of 29,000 acres of NYC parkland, over 10,000 acres are composed of forest, woodland, freshwater wetland and salt marsh ecosystems — all of which face the constant threat of encroachment and degradation from development, public works construction and other human impacts.

NRG's Mission

To conserve New York City's natural resources for the benefit of ecosystem and public health through acquisition, management, restoration, and advocacy using a scientifically supported and sustainable research.


In 1984, Parks Commissioner Henry J. Stern founded the Natural Resources Group (NRG). NRG's team of biologists, natural resource managers, mapping scientists and restoration ecologists, develop and implement management programs for protection, acquisition, and restoration of the City's natural resources.


NRG has earned international recognition for its pioneering research in urban ecology restoration and management. NRG has received numerous awards, ncluding the Society for Ecological Restoration's International Sperry Award, the National Wetlands Award, the Chevron–Times Mirror Magazine North America Conservation Prize, the Nature Conservancy Oak Leaf Award, and the US EPA Environmental Quality Award.

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