Urban Forestry

Gowanus Canal Conservancy partnered with TreeKIT to draft a street tree management plan that will be weaved into the Gowanus Lowlands Master Plan.

Click here for the 2018 State of the Gowanus Urban Forest.

Street Tree Stewardship

Join us at our next volunteer event to get involved in local street tree stewardship!

Gowanus Tree Network

The Gowanus Tree Network are neighbors working together to build a healthy urban forest. Tree Ambassadors enroll in free Citizen Pruner training, organize tree stewardship with their neighbors, and enter the Greenest Block in Brooklyn contest. Click here for a 2019 Gowanus Tree Network info sheet.

Applications are closed – look out for next year’s application in January 2020!

Sat, January 26: Info session
Wed, March 13: Gowanus Tree Network application deadline – Deadline extended (originally Feb 27)
Fri, March 15: 2019 Gowanus Tree Ambassadors announced
March 26, April 2, April 9, April 13 (Sat), April 16: Citizen Pruner Course (four Tuesdays, one Saturday, two hours each)
April-May: “How to Green Your Block” workshops at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
April-May: Block greening days
June 1: Greenest Block in Brooklyn application deadline
June-November: Block greening days
June 11-27: First-round Greenest Block in Brooklyn judging

Gowanus Urban Forest Management Plan

In partnership with TreeKit and the NYC Department of Park and Recreation, the Gowanus Urban Forest Management Plan:
1) Draws on two street tree inventories completed in 2012 and 2016 to draw a clear picture of current conditions and trends for street trees in the urban forest surrounding the Gowanus Canal
2) Illustrates a vision for the future of street trees immediately surrounding the Gowanus Canal and its larger water/sewer-shed
3) Lays out concrete actions steps to be taken by Gowanus Canal Conservancy and NYC Department of Parks and Recreation for improving street trees in the area

Partners and Sponsors

The Nature Conservancy
NYC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR)
NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Urban and Community Forestry Grants Program (Round 14)