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Far Rockaway: A Community Forestry Management Plan

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This document is a guide to the greening of Far Rockaway and the adjacent neighborhoods of Arverne, Edgemere, and Bayswater, an area with few trees and higher than average rates of asthma among children. These communites are located in southeastern Queens in New York City. The New York City Department of Parks & Recreation (Parks) developed this plan with a vision of a greener, healthier neighborhood. The plan aims to use the positive effects of greening, primarily through street trees, to address some of Far Rockaway’s public health concerns. It is informed by a detailed inventory of every existing street tree and all potential planting locations on the streets and in parks. Focusing on the community’s greening needs, Parks developed a strategy for increasing the tree cover in the Far Rockaway study area. The two primary goals are to 1) increase the number of street trees from 3,779 to 9,148–or 100% stocked–in ten years and 2) establish a Friends of Trees group.

To maximize the goals of this project, the Far Rockaway study area was extended to include the neighboring communities of Arverne, Edgemere, and Bayswater. These communities were chosen because of their proximity to the target neighborhood of Far Rockaway and a shared need for greening. While the project refers to the study area as Far Rockaway, it is important to note that this includes these other smaller neighborhoods.


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