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Last summer, our Citizen Pruners conducted an inventory of over a thousand trees within two blocks of the Gowanus Canal. Over the past few months, our partners at TreeKIT organized the data collected to map these trees, and we’d like to share their work with everyone.

Street Tree Species mapped (click to enlarge):

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Screenshots of Tree Inventory on www.treekit.org/map (click to enlarge):

a) North: In this image we see what the inventory looks like around the northern portion of the Canal. Note that there are many street trees on lower-density residential streets -- but none on a public housing super-block nearby.

a) North: In this image we see what the inventory looks like around the northern portion of the Canal. Note that there are many street trees on lower-density residential streets — but none on a public housing super-block nearby.

b) Southwest: In this image we see what the inventory looks like around the Southwestern portion of the Canal. We were pleased to find so many trees growing in the predominately residential portion of this area. Note that many residential blocks do not have street trees.

b) Southwest: In this image we see what the inventory looks like around the Southwestern portion of the Canal. We were pleased to find so many trees growing in the predominately residential portion of this area. Note that many residential blocks do not have street trees.

c) Southeast: In this image, we see what the inventory looks like around the Southeastern portion of the Canal. As in the southwest, we found many trees growing on residential blocks, but few in the industrial areas.

c) Southeast: In this image, we see what the inventory looks like around the Southeastern portion of the Canal. As in the southwest, we found many trees growing on residential blocks, but few in the industrial areas.

Complete Tree inventory.

Complete Tree inventory.

To download the Excel file of our Tree Inventory, please click here:
T304833 Gowanus Tree Inventory with Key and LatLong_150527.

This project was funded by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Environmental Protection Fund.

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Over 60 volunteers joined us this weekend for our monthly volunteer day; we had guests from all over the city, tri-state area, and even from Massachusetts! This Clean & Green was especially exciting for the Conservancy as we hosted a special event: a community mural installation! In addition to the mural, volunteers also helped the Conservancy do some tree stewardship and tree mapping.

A big thanks goes out to Tonci Antunovic for his amazing photos (on our Flickr and on this blog post)! Though the day was packed with a lot of activities, it was a huge success due to the time and effort given by volunteer groups from NYCares, Whole Foods, and everyone else who spent their Saturday with us!

Tree Stewardship and Mapping
With our volunteers, we were able to clean and weed 15 trees, mulch 8 tree beds, and pull about 260 pounds of weeds and unwanted species. This goes a long way in helping keep our trees healthy!

Our Mapping Stewards finished up the southwest and southeast portions of the Forestry Study Area. We are currently 95% finished mapping, thanks to the hard work of all of our tree mappers! Look out for more details regarding when the TreeKIT map will be online for public viewing.

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Mural Installation
The Conservancy installed a mural depicting fruits and vegetables along Huntington Street.  It was designed by a volunteer artist, Ruth Hofheimer, and is meant to be a humorous contrast to its location within such an industrial neighborhood and alongside the Canal. A big thanks goes out to Build It Green!NYC for donating 20 gallons of exterior primer, Home Depot for contributing brushes, rollers, trays and 10 gallons of exterior paint, and to all those who made financial contributions to the project.  Here are some photos taken throughout the day:IMG_4630IMG_4828IMG_4821 (1)IMG_4735IMG_4723 (1)IMG_4739
And a shot of the finished product! 20130727_155149
There are plenty of pictures, so please check them out on our Flickr!
Also, don’t forget to take a look at these awesome articles about the mural from NY1 and The Brooklyn Paper!

After a long summer day, there’s nothing better than a good grill sesh, with food graciously given to us by Whole Foods. Thanks again to everyone who came on Saturday and we hope to see you at our next Clean & Green in August!

This summer, we’re excited to start a new project geared towards tree enthusiasts: the NY Department of Environmental Conservation awarded the Conservancy a grant to map all tree pits within 2 blocks of the canal. With this information, we hope to expand green space around the canal, one of the most sparsely forested areas in Brooklyn. We also plan to present the information gathered to the public in August.

Gowanus Forestry Study Area:

To gather data, TreeKIT has developed simple site-surveying methods for geolocating street trees. They aim to map all the tree pits in NYC, which will include the data that we gather. Data such as tree pit size, diameter at breast height (DBH), tree identification, and relative health of the tree will help us better understand the scope of the Gowanus urban forest.

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To kickstart this project, we hosted a meeting for many of our Mapping Stewards this past Thursday–the Conservancy is lucky to host such an enthusiastic group of folks to lead this venture. We came out of the meeting ready to tackle tree pits with a clipboard and a measuring wheel (as shown below):

Mapping Stewards will get trained as Citizen Pruners, as well as TreeKIT data collection; they’ll then lead volunteers on four Mapping Days.

Keep your eyes peeled for tree mapping action this summer!

If you are interested in volunteering, email natasia@gowanuscanalconservancy.org. Additionally, more information on getting licensed as a Citizen Pruner can be found on the TreesNY website.