Research is a core of how we improve what we do in the New York City Watershed. In our Forestry Program, we strive to use peer-reviewed methods whenever possible to give us reliable information to make decisions. Past projects have included assessing whether forest management plans influence the use of Best Management Practices, whether herbicide and girdling are effective methods for noncommercial thinning, and how much private landowners know about conservation options for their land.

Our staff has published articles in professional scientific journals, written pieces for landowner magazines, and presented at conferences across the United States. For more information on the research we’ve done in the Watershed, or if you’re a researcher and would like to do a forestry-related project in our region, please email us.