In late April, I worked with MillionTreesNYC on forest restoration day, focusing on stewardship and caring for young forests that have already been planted. In this endeavor, MillionTreesNYC and NYC Parks are joined by the Natural Areas Conservancy, a non-profit organization whose sole focus is to enhance and preserve the natural areas of New York City, including forests, wetlands, marshlands and other natural resources critical to protecting the city’s shorefront from storms such as Sandy. The organization also helps care for new forest trees in natural areas by removing invasive weeds and vines, picking up garbage, and mulching. Looking back on this day, although it was a pain to get up to Van Cortland Park in the Bronx, it was 100% worth it. Not only are trees necessary for our survival, but they look beautiful and add a sense of beauty and purity to places that may have before seemed otherwise. I am happy that I was part of an event that not only helped preserve wildlife, but create it too.