January 29, 2014
Millions of people walk and bicycle across the Brooklyn Bridge every year, but few know that the wood planks of the promenade come from tropical rainforests. Together with various partners, WCS has created an initiative to replace the aging planks of the boardwalk with sustainably harvested wood from Guatemala’s Uaxactún community forest. If supported by city officials, the project will secure contributions from New Yorkers and city visitors for each of the bridge’s 11,000 new planks. The financial endowment raised through plank sponsorship would in turn provide Uaxactún community members with the resources needed to protect their forest; proceeds would also benefit conservation efforts within New York City.