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City of Forests, City of FarmsSustainability Planning for New York City's Nature$
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Lindsay K. Campbell

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781501707506

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501707506.001.0001

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City of Forests

City of Forests

Planting One Million Trees

(p.66) 3. City of Forests
City of Forests, City of Farms

Lindsay K. Campbell

Cornell University Press

Chapter three describes the heart of the MillionTreesNYC campaign: planting one million trees. It focuses on the organizational, governance, and material arrangements involved in transforming the city’s urban forest. A formal public-private partnership was created to run the campaign, an example of truly hybrid governance at work. The prominence and scale of the initiative led to major organizational changes in the two core partners. They both garnered and expended massive amounts of financial and human resources in the planting of a million trees. Counting the number of trees planted was central to the public identity and internal functioning of the campaign. The conduct of urban forestry in New York City was radically altered by the MillionTreesNYC campaign. New guidelines, routines, and procedures were developed to alter the practice of urban forestry on streets, in parks, in “natural areas,” on public housing grounds, and on private land.

Keywords:   urban forestry, tree planting, MillionTreesNYC, public-private partnership, New York Restoration Project, street trees, natural areas, private land

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