Protecting Staten Island Natural Resources on North Shore

Protecting Natural Resources on Staten Island's North Shore

Habitat Restoration and Green Infrastructure Plan

NYC Parks, with funding from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program, is preparing both a comprehensive inventory of restoration and green infrastructure opportunities on the north shore, and a conceptual habitat restoration plan for a priority site at Harbor Brook, which is adjacent Snug Harbor Cultural Center.

This is the first planning effort for the whole north shore that will focus primarily on natural resources. This project is working in close coordination with the master planning effort for Mariners Marsh

Community Vision 

Staten Island’s North Shore is a valued ecological, economic, and social resource that provides a wealth of social, recreational, educational, and environmental opportunities. 

Community Goals

  • Protect, restore and enhance natural resources to promote diverse, native ecological communities and low-impact, nature-based recreation such as birdwatching
  • Manage stormwater to alleviate local flooding, improve water quality, and mitigate effects of storm surge
  • Promote public engagement, educate on the sustainable use of natural areas, and invite stewardship through the Green Neighborhoods Program and other Parks stewardship and outreach programs


  • December 7, 2017 - At this meeting, we introduced the restoration opportunities to the public and formulated the visions and goals. View the presentation from this meeting
  • March 1, 2018 - We presented our plan to Community Board 1 Parks and Waterfront subcommittees. View the presentation from this meeting
  • Summer 2018 - This public community meeting will focus on the results of green infrastructure modeling and the conceptual design for a tidal wetland and maritime forest habitat restoration at Harbor Brook. 
  • Fall 2018 - The final conceptual plan will be completed in the fall. 
  • Spring 2020 - Plan published

*The boundaries of the north shore planning area are shown on the map below in orange.


For more information, please email Ross Diamond at

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