About the Initiative
In working with MillionTreesNYC, NYC Service helps New York City 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 many of the quality-of-life benefits that come with planting trees.
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
NYC Service helps MillionTreesNYC to recruit volunteers for their Spring and Fall Planting Days and recruit New Yorkers for their Stewardship Corps.
Why Plant A Million Trees?
Planting trees helps 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.
Let’s Start Growing!
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.