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Prospect Park Planting: A Ghost Forest Supporting Event

In conjunction with Maya Lin’s Ghost Forest in Madison Square Park, join the Natural Areas Conservancy, Prospect Park Alliance, and Madison Square Park Conservancy for a tree planting event on October 19 in Prospect Park.

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Volunteers will work together to plant native, climate-adapted trees and shrubs suited to the oak-tulip tree forests found at the planting site. These native trees are specially selected because they are adaptable to changing climate conditions projected for Prospect Park’s forests. The types of trees we’ll plant include blackgum, flowering dogwood, and Sassafras — and they will help make the forest more resilient to climate change over time.

Event Notes: Please wear sturdy, closed toe shoes, long pants and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Bring water and a snack. Gloves and equipment will be provided. Event staff will show you what you need to know to properly dig a hole and plant the trees. Since this activity requires tools and some lifting, please do not bring unsupervised children or any pets.

About this event:

This planting event is one of a series of five events taking place throughout New York City’s five boroughs. These events are held in partnership between the Natural Areas Conservancy, Madison Square Park Conservancy, and additional park conservancies, inspired by artist Maya Lin’s Ghost Forest project in Madison Square Park. The 1,000 trees planted during these events will offset the carbon emissions from the Ghost Forest installation and bring vital life to urban green spaces.

These plantings are also a part of a citywide effort to restore and care for over 7,000 acres of forests managed by NYC Parks for the enjoyment of all. The particular sites chosen for the plantings were determined by analyzing data showing where healthy forests were under threat and needed additional young trees to help keep them in good condition for the future. By improving the health of New York City’s forests we are ensuring park users can continue to find solace and benefit from them in the years to come.

This planting event was made possible with support from the John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation.