Partnership with The Nature Conservancy and the Natural Areas Conservancy to improve city parkland in Brooklyn
Marine Park is the largest city-owned park in Brooklyn at 798 acres. Over half of the park is comprised of coastal forest, grasslands and salt marsh. The western side of the park (133 acres) contains important natural resources. Maritime Shrubland and Successional Maritime Forest habitat, dominated by sumacs, black cherry, bayberry and groundsel flourish in pockets and represent a unique forest type in New York City.
Other sections of the site, however, are dominated by invasive species such as black locust, Asiatic bittersweet, Phragmites, callery pear and mugwort. In addition, the area has no formal network of trails or access points.
The Natural Areas Conservancy (NAC), in partnership with JBRPC, repaired and formalized the existing trail system through maintenance and native plantings. Since 2015, 7,000 native trees and shrubs have been planted to improve the trails, and restore natural areas dominated by invasive species.
NAC and JBRPC closed some of the unofficial trails in the park to improve both the ecology of the site and ease of navigation. The official trail system is now blazed to further improve navigation.