The Partnership

One Plank. One Sponsor's name. One forest sustained in a far-off land.
The Brooklyn Bridge Forest project is designed to make vital connections between individuals around the world; between a bridge under our feet and a faraway forest; between New York City and the global environment.
Community sawmill, Uaxactún
"There is now ample evidence that tropical timbers can be harvested in ways that protect forest biodiversity and also provide livelihoods for local people for the long term."
- Peter Crane, PhD, Dean, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Pilot Projects at New Amsterdam Market, NYC

The Brooklyn Bridge Forest project will link people across geographic and cultural boundaries in support of environmental protection and historic preservation.

New Yorkers and visitors who love the Brooklyn Bridge will contribute by sponsoring each of the new wooden planks that will soon be needed to replace the aging Promenade boardwalk. The people who live in the partner rainforest community will share their local knowledge about how rainforests can be protected through thoughtful and well-managed use. Governments at different levels will provide oversight, responsive policy, and support in facilitating cultural exchange. Local NYC schools will be able to use the project as a tangible example of applied science, math, and geography.

The partnership will provide a number of benefits to both New York City and the global environment.

A wooden boardwalk for a historic bridge
Plank sponsorship will enable New York City to receive the 11,000 durable, beautiful, and sustainable hardwood planks that will be soon be needed. And the historic Brooklyn Bridge will have 11,000 new supporters.

Rainforest conservation
In our proposed location in Guatemala, the local people work hard to protect the forest that provides them with their livelihoods, patrolling it to prevent illegal hunting and logging, and putting out fires. The substantial financial endowment created through plank sponsorship will provide them with the resources they need to do this work, and will also support further scientific research on the protection and sustainable uses of tropical forests.

Environmental protection in New York City
In addition to supporting environmental education, funds from plank sponsorship will also support the restoration of the 10,000 acres of natural areas that can be found within the five boroughs of New York City. These natural areas include the coastal wetlands and dunes that protect people's homes and businesses during hurricane storm surges.

Collaboration is at the heart of the Brooklyn Bridge Forest. Our Steering Committee brings together the expertise of four NYC organizations: