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The Partnership
One Plank. One Sponsor's name. One forest sustained
in a far-off land.

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 and sustainable hardwood planks that will soon be needed. In addition, 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 several NYC organizations:

  • Pilot Projects Design Collective is a Montreal and New York City-based design collective with expertise in urban planning, architecture, and sustainability innovation.

  • The Wildlife Conservation Society has supported conservation for more than a century through its network of zoos and aquariums in New York City and through its on-the-ground work with communities around the world.

  • Cities4Forests helps cities around the world to connect with and invest in forests near and far. We encourage our cities to better conserve, manage, and restore these forests, as well as providing technical assistance to align local policy, share knowledge, and access peer-to-peer learning and communication activities to take climate action together.

  • Grimshaw Architects is is a global design practice engaged in architecture, master planning and industrial design.

  • Silman is a structural engineering firm that has worked towards creating, renewing, preserving, and sustaining the future of the built environment in its 50+ years.

  • The Natural Areas Conservancy was established in 2012 to work in partnership with NYC Parks in restoring and protecting the more than 10,000 acres of forests, wetlands, grasslands, and other natural areas within the five boroughs.


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.

"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."

- Sir Peter Crane, PhD, Former dean, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies


Community forest management, Uaxactún.

Community sawmill, Uaxactún.


Pilot Projects at New Amsterdam Market, NYC

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Brooklyn Bridge Forest founder Scott Francisco addresses the UN during Climate Week, 2019 

   Project team for Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge submission:

  • Scott Francisco – Team Lead, Founder and Director: Pilot Projects Design Collective, Brooklyn Bridge Forest, Wood at Work, Cities4forests  | Montreal, Canada

  • Jeremy Radachowsky, Ph.D. – Interdisciplinary Ecology  |  Director of Wildlife Conservation Society’s Mesoamerica and Caribbean Program  |  Bronx Zoo, NY

  • Benjamin Fryer – Forester and Attorney  |  Conservation Project Manager at The Conservation Fund  |  Sacramento, CA

  • Sarah Jane Wilson, Ph.D. – Tropical Forest Ecologist and Geographer  |  Cities4Forests, Conservation International  |  Montreal, Canada

  • Christine Facella – Landscape Architect, Designer  |  Lecturer at Parsons School of Design and CUNY  |  New York, NY

  • Justin Den Herder – PE, Structural Engineer, Silman  |  New York, NY

  • Noah Garcia – Registered Architect, Digital Systems Researcher | Ann Arbor, MI

  • Arianne Pizem – Architecture Graduate  |  Montreal, Canada

  • Alexandre Rossignol – Architecture Graduate  |  Montreal, Canada

  • Aaron Vaden-Youmans – Architect and Sustainable Wood Specifications Working Group Leader, Grimshaw NYC  |  Los Angeles, CA

  • Alexa Montefiore – Senoir Program Manager | Wildlife Conservation Society  |  Bronx Zoo, NY

  • Augustine Savage – Architectural Designer | Grimshaw NYC 

  • Maini Ke – Architecture Graduate | Columbia GSAPP, NYC

  • Laurie Hedges - Videographer | Stockholm, Sweden

  • Mack Phillips – Design Strategist | Pilot Projects Design Collective | Montreal, Canada

The Partnership
Project Team
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