NEW YORK, Oct. 18, 2011– Trees New York announced that 23 high school students will survey street trees around NYC iSchool in Hudson Square on October 24th, 2011. Trees New York’s Young Urban Forester program teaches students to think about the urban environment not just as a topic of study, but as a viable and compelling career choice. High school students meet professionals, receive hands-on field training and use the technologies commonly used in environmental analysis including GPS and GIS. The students’ neighborhood street tree survey will help identify community tree priorities as they develop their mapping skills.
This event is one of hundreds of re-greening efforts throughout the country being promoted during October, which has been declared National NeighborWoods™ Month by the national nonprofit Alliance for Community Trees (ACTrees). Trees New York is a member of ACTrees’ national network of local green organizations.
"Part of our goal is to draw attention to the good work being done at the grassroots level all across the country to improve urban and community forests." Susan Gooberman, Executive Director
Trees New York’s Young Urban Forester Hudson Square Street Tree survey will take place as follows:
[October 24, 2011, 3:30-5:30 p.m., NYC iSchool, 131 Sixth Avenue, 23 YUF students]
"Having local organizations like Trees New York participate in National NeighborWoods™ Month helps us show the cumulative effect of a burgeoning urban and community forestry movement," said ACTrees Executive Director Carrie Gallagher. Founded in 1993, Alliance for Community Trees is a national coalition of nearly 200 organizations engaged in urban and community forestry. Its members are dedicated to grassroots community greening, public education, policymaking, job training, environmental design and other activities that create cleaner, greener, healthier communities.
About Trees New York
Trees New York, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was founded in 1976 as a volunteer response to city cutbacks in tree-related community services. Our mission is to plant, preserve and protect New York City’s urban forest through education, active citizen participation and advocacy. For over three decades, TreesNY has been at the forefront of environmental advocacy in New York City.
Learn more at www.NeighborWoodsMonth.org and www.treesny.org .