Category: VCP Forests

A field of green plants in front of a house.

Understanding Gaps in the Forest

May 31, 2019November 11, 2019

By Alex Byrne A part of the mission of the newly formed Van Cortlandt Park Alliance is to preserve and support the ecological value of Van Cortlandt Park. In this effort we value biodiversity, and the ecosystems that function to promote it. The world-class urban forests of VCP are still developing and require the management...

A fallen tree in the middle of a wooded area.

Restoring Canopy Gaps in Van Cortlandt Park

August 31, 2018May 5, 2022

One of the intriguing questions of modern ecology is what set of principles dictate the structure of plant communities and what factors contribute to the heterogeneity of forest biodiversity. One mechanism in NYC forests are canopy gaps. A canopy is represented by the photosynthetic parts, the leaves, of the largest trees in a forest. A...

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