NYC Urban Field Station now open

The New York City Urban Field Station is a brand new office, laboratory and residence for visiting and resident urban ecology research activities and researchers, located in Fort Totten Park in Bayside, Queens.  The facility is a physical base for The New York City Urban Field Station program, launched in 2006 by the Parks Department and the U.S. Forest Service’ Northern Research Station in an effort to “enhance intra-agency cooperation in the adaptive management of urban natural resources.”

The first scientists in residence at the newly opened Field Station will be conducting social science research to inform the development of Freshkills Park.  Visiting researchers from Purdue  and Michigan State Universities as well as the Forest Service’s Northern Research Station in Minneapolis are studying people’s attitudes, perceptions, concerns and interests in using the Freshkills Park site, both to inform the planning and outreach of Freshkills Park and as a follow-up to earlier research conducted by the team on recreation patterns in large/diverse urban settings, with a prior focus on brownfield sites in Chicago.

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