From Construction Dump to Wilderness

Painting Tree Planting Spots

Creating urban wilderness requires plenty of planning and preparation.

One little piece of mulch and trash covered land in Brooklyn’s Marine Park underwent the first stages of becoming a mini urban forest on Saturday.

Flanked on each side by a baseball and a football field, the lot can go unnoticed by all but those who illegally dump trash from nearby construction sites. But to Million TreesNYC and ecologist Timon McPhearson of the New School, it’s much more than that. Next weekend, it will become the site of hundreds of trees and an ongoing study of developing urban nature in New York City.

But on Saturday, it was all prep work. A crew of six measured off a 30 meter by 30 meter area and painted circles on the ground to indicate the four-foot intervals where hundreds of volunteers will plant trees.

Who would have thought that it took so much manpower to create the “wild” places in New York City?

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