Urban Forestry Friends and Colleagues,

As the co-convener of the Vibrant Cities and Urban Forests: A National Call to Action initiative, New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is excited to be a part of this national conversation on urban forestry and natural resources stewardship. As cities across America continue to invest in growing their urban tree canopy and expanding open, green space, this is the moment for us to collectively shape a new future for urban forestry. As a result, we will experience the health, environmental, social and economic benefits trees bring to hundreds of millions of city dwellers.

Our 24-member task force – selected from more than 150 nominations – brings together municipal and state officials, national and local non-profit leaders, researchers, urban planners, and foundation and industry representatives to carve a new path in urban forestry and stewardship. Through the task force’s work in April and beyond, we will take a fresh and inventive look at the ever-changing issues affecting our cities’ forests and landscapes. Along with our partner, the U.S. Forest Service, it’s our sincere hope that this initiative will provide us an opportunity to enhance the future of urban forestry and natural resources stewardship through a bi-partisan, cross-disciplinary and collective effort.

We need your help in realizing this shared vision.

Please take 10 minutes to answer a few questions about your experiences in and hopes for urban forestry and natural resources stewardship. Your thoughts and ideas will help form the foundation for the task force’s work and deliberations. Click here to participate in our questionnaire. Let your voice be heard, and join our Vibrant Cities & Urban Forests movement.

Amy Freitag
Executive Director, New York Restoration Project

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