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Manhattan Restoration Sites

Northern Manhattan Parks Forest Restoration

Project Goals

Photograph of a forest restoration team working in Northern Manhattan Parks
  • Reduce non-point source pollution into Hudson River.
  • Restore forest by removing nonnative, invasive vine, shrub and tree species.
  • Provide increased habitat and food sources for wildlife.
  • Involve community groups in restoration and protection of their forests.

Project Sites

Inwood Hill Park, Fort Tryon Park, and Riverside Park

Accomplishments (2000)

  • Over 2.5 acres of forest were completely restored by removing invasive, nonnative shrubs and vines and replanted with native vegetation.
  • Over 20 acres of forest swept for invasive vines and shrubs
  • 5,130 (2-3') native trees and plants were planted throughout the park
  • 3,000 feet of erosion fabric was installed above the Hudson and Harlem Rivers.
  • 4,686 native herbaceous plants (wildflowers and grasses) were planted to retain soil.
  • 10 acres of forest prepared for spring planting.

On-going Restoration (2001)

Photograph of woodland area in Northern Manhattan Parks forest

  • 6 spring volunteer days scheduled for erosion control, tree, and shrub planting and groundcover planting.
  • Over 10 acres of forest will be planted with trees, shrubs, and plants.
  • A steep, eroding forested slope over the Hudson River (3 acres) in Inwood Park will be hydroseeded with a mixture of native grasses and wildflowers to prevent further erosion.
  • Riverside Park forested slope restoration; invasive Maples will be removed, slopes will be stabilized with a variety of bioengineering materials, and over 600 trees and shrubs and 10,000 wildflowers will be planted.

Funded by the City of New York and the New York State Clean Water/Clean Air Bond Act, USEPA, and the Fish & Wildlife Foundation.