The & # 39; urban forests & # 39; New York revealed: New study finds that the city has five MILLION trees

During the two-year inventory, biologists collected data from all parks and nature reserves in New York City. While 40 percent of the city as green space & # 39; is considered, much of it consists of parks, cemeteries and backyards.

The & # 39; urban forests & # 39; New York revealed: New study finds that the city has five MILLION trees in & # 39; wooded natural areas & # 39;

  • Researchers carrying out a major research on the trees in New York City
  • Teams have collected data for two years in 53 designated wooded natural areas

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New York is much greener than everyone expected.

Researchers who carry out a major research into the trees in New York City see that there are more than 5 million forested natural areas & # 39; are, along with 666,000 street trees.

They say that the study, the most comprehensive ever of 'urban forest & # 39; in New York, a revolution could mean for urban planning.

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During the two-year inventory, biologists collected data from all parks and nature reserves in New York City. While 40 percent of the city as green space & # 39; is considered, much of it consists of parks, cemeteries and backyards.

During the two-year inventory, biologists collected data from all parks and nature reserves in New York City. While 40 percent of the city as green space & # 39; is considered, much of it consists of parks, cemeteries and backyards.

WHAT IN THE URBAN FORESTS OF NEW YORK?

During the two-year inventory, biologists collected data from all parks and nature reserves in New York City.

While 40 percent of the city as green space & # 39; is considered, much of it consists of parks, cemeteries and backyards.

Approximately one eighth of this green space is considered as wooded nature reserves.

This accounts for more than 10,000 hectares of natural land, an important part for a densely populated city of 8.6 million people.

"These findings confirm that native, healthy and productive forests still exist in the country's largest city and provide valuable ecosystem services and local recreational opportunities for millions of city dwellers," said Clara Pregitzer, a PhD student at Yale. School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F & ES) and lead author of the paper.

For two years, teams have collected data in 53 designated wooded natural areas, where the structure and composition were measured in more than 1200 plots and more than 40,000 individual trees were measured.

Wooded areas are essentially places that look and feel like the forests & # 39; or & # 39; forests & # 39; as they are traditionally known, according to the researchers, in contrast to urban forest areas that are characterized by street trees and park trees in addition to nature reserves.

Researchers have discovered that the city contains a variety of forests, due to the rich geological history and proximity of water bodies in New York City – from the oak and hickory dominated forests along the terminal moraine that stretches from the southern end of Staten Island to the Bronx, to the maritime coastal forests, located at the confluence of the Hudson River and the Atlantic Ocean, where bushy northern blackberries, black cherries and sumac dominate.

Aerial photo of parks in the Bronx, including Van Cortlandt Park. Researchers who carry out a major research into the trees of New York City see that there are more than 5 million forested natural areas & # 39; are, along with 666,000 street trees.

Aerial photo of parks in the Bronx, including Van Cortlandt Park. Researchers who carry out a major research into the trees of New York City see that there are more than 5 million forested natural areas & # 39; are, along with 666,000 street trees.

Aerial photo of parks in the Bronx, including Van Cortlandt Park. Researchers who carry out a major research into the trees of New York City see that there are more than 5 million forested natural areas & # 39; are, along with 666,000 street trees.

The team of researchers discovered that native species still cover about 82 percent of New York City forest stands.

While 40% of New York as green space & # 39; is considered, a large part consists of parks, cemeteries and backyards.

Only about one-eighth is forested nature reserves, although this still represents a not unimportant 4000-plus hectare in the midst of skyscrapers and 8.6 million people.

Most visitors think of New York's Parks, such as Central Park, as the only place to find trees. However, a new study found that New York City has more than 5 million wooded natural areas & # 39; has, along with 666,000 street trees.

Most visitors think of New York's Parks, such as Central Park, as the only place to find trees. However, a new study found that New York City has more than 5 million wooded natural areas & # 39; has, along with 666,000 street trees.

Most visitors think of New York's Parks, such as Central Park, as the only place to find trees. However, a new study found that New York City has more than 5 million wooded natural areas & # 39; has, along with 666,000 street trees.

The researchers say that the forest areas are the key – and admit that they were surprised by the number of native trees enclosed.

"New York City has been managing these forests for more than 35 years, but we have never fully known the different species, or quantified the structure and proportion of indigenous species," he said.

Of the 57 unique forest types in the city, the researchers found 81% of the native forest types that show a closer match with forests that you might find in the Catskills or other rural parts of the state than the urban canopy found in those other recent reviews. is described.

During the two-year inventory, biologists collected data from all parks and nature reserves in New York City.

While 40 percent of the city as green space & # 39; is considered, much of it consists of parks, cemeteries and backyards.

Approximately one eighth of this green space is considered as wooded nature reserves.

That is good for more than 10,000 hectares of natural land, a significant part for a densely populated city.

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