Edward Barnard, author of New York City Trees: A Field Guide for the Metropolitan Area, recently teamed up with the birder Ken Chaya to produce a map of nearly every tree in Central Park.
Their efforts were recently the subject of a story on NPR’s Morning Edition. There are more than 20,000 trees in Central Park and Barnard and Chaya were able to map 19,933. In an effort to pinpoint the exact locations of all those trees Barnard and Chaya began to see the park in different ways, discovering new aspects of the park, and coming to a greater appreciation of Olmsted and Calvert Vaux’s design for the park.
For more, here is a video in which Barnard and Chaya talk about their two years of mapping Central Park: