MillionTreesNYC, one of the 132 PlaNYC initiatives, is a citywide, public-private program with an ambitious goal: to plant and care for one million new trees across the City’s five boroughs over the next decade. By planting one million trees, New York City can increase its urban forest—our most valuable environmental asset made up of street trees, park trees, and trees on public, private and commercial land—by an astounding 20%, while achieving the many quality-of-life benefits that come with planting trees.
The City of New York will plant 70% of trees in parks and other public spaces. The other 30% will come from private organizations, homeowners, and community organizations.
MillionTreesNYC is over halfway there!
Download the citywide tree map to see where the first 500,000 trees have been planted.
Parks: (street trees) 220,000
Parks: (reforestation and landscape), other agencies, and zoning regulations 480,000
Private Partners: 300,000
Total: 1,000,000 new trees
The above figures are estimated and subject to change. MillionTreesNYC – launched by the Parks Department and New York Restoration Project—is a collaboration of many partners, including:
- Community-based and non-profit groups
- City, state, and federal agencies
- Corporations and small businesses
- Developers, architects, and landscape architects
- Private-property owners, and
- All New Yorkers
Why Plant A Million Trees?
New York City is growing! You can see it—and feel it—in every neighborhood in every borough. It’s exciting, and it’s what makes New York the greatest city in the world. But, like in any thriving metropolis, it’s important to make sure the Big Apple and its residents—meaning you!—are healthy and happy while adjusting to the growth and the many changes it will bring with it.
Planting trees is one of the most beneficial and cost-effective ways to help ease these growing pains. Trees help clean our air, and reduce the pollutants that trigger asthma attacks and exacerbate other respiratory diseases. They cool our streets, sidewalks, and homes on hot summer days. Trees increase property value, and encourage neighborhood revitalization. And trees make our City an even more beautiful and comfortable place to live, work, and visit.
MillionTreesNYC – A Call to Action! MillionTreesNYC is more than planting trees—it’s a movement! Every New Yorker can participate in MillionTreesNYC, from homeowners and property managers, to schools and community groups, to block associations and small business owners. MillionTreesNYC empowers New Yorkers—just like you—to plant and care for trees through Citywide planting and stewardship programs, including:
- Volunteer planting and tree care outings
- Educational training and workshops
- Arbor Day events
No matter how you participate, you will be planting a legacy when you plant a tree – an extraordinary gift to New York City for generations to come.
Visit the MillionTrees NYC calendar of upcoming volunteer tree events and venues.
Sign up for the Million Trees NYC e-newsletter to receive seasonal information about MillionTrees NYC events.
To learn more please visit MillionTreesNYC’s Website