Natural Areas Conservancy Welcomes 12 CUNY Interns for Summer 2020

This month, the Natural Areas Conservancy (NAC) kicked off its fifth annual City University of New York (CUNY) internship program. As New Yorkers adjust to new working styles due to COVID-19, the NAC team has worked tirelessly to move the program to a virtual format. They are proud to continue providing high-quality, paid internships for CUNY students, even during this unprecedented time.

The NAC’s Jessica Hoch manages the internship program. She says, “This year, we’re thrilled to offer remote internships for CUNY students who are passionate about conserving New York City’s natural areas. We’ve developed a curriculum focused on forest ecology and management for the students to learn and advance in the coming weeks.” The 12 interns will work virtually in four teams of three, with one Crew Leader and two Crew Members. The projects they complete this summer will allow NAC staff and NYC Parks to better understand local forest health and prioritize future forest management efforts.

NY ReLeaf Webinar: Ecological Assessment of New York City’s Natural Areas

Join NY ReLeaf for an urban forestry webinar on July 21st at 10 AM! The Natural Areas Conservancy (NAC) exists to restore and conserve the green and blue spaces of New York City in order to enhance the lives of all New Yorkers. In this webinar, NAC Project Manager Justin Bowers will talk about recent research done in NYC to create a detailed picture of the composition and condition of NYC’s forests and wetlands.

The study collected ecological data in over 1000 plots throughout the City and provided a wealth of data that contributed significantly to the creation of the Forest Management Framework, a guiding document for forest restoration and conservation in NYC over the next 25 years.

Online registration is free but required in advance.