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by Jennifer Mishler
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Have you ever wondered how many trees there are in Central Park? Well, now there’s a map for that!

Author Edward Barnard and birdwatcher Ken Chaya have mapped almost all of the 20,000 trees in the park! Two and a half years of work  and many miles of walking resulted in their map, which they have named “Central Park Entire.”

According to the story on NPR, Barnard decided to compile a list of the trees in Central Park while writing his book, New York City Trees, available to preview here on Google Books. Chaya agreed to help with the lengthy task, and the two discovered that there are around 2o different species in the park. Some have been growing since before the park was established in 1857!

Mr. Chaya expressed admiration for the park’s creators, Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux. “Olmsted used trees the way an artist uses colors,” he says. “He used them to create curtains, walls, corners, and it looks natural. Many people think this is what Manhattan looked like before Central Park. Well, Central Park — before it was Central Park — was a desolate, rocky swamp.”

So, the next time you are in New York and decide to take a stroll through Central Park, take some time to notice the beautiful trees around you! And you can even take along the Central Park Entire map, available for purchase on Edward Barnard and Ken Chaya’s website: Central Park Nature.

Check out a video of their efforts below!

About Jennifer Mishler

Jennifer Mishler is a writer, and a vegan and animal activist. When she's not writing, you can often find her volunteering or advocating for animal, environmental and human rights causes. Along with writing for Ecorazzi, she has contributed writing for nonprofits like Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and enjoys blogging. She resides in the Washington, DC area (and loves all the vegan food it has to offer). Follow Jennifer on Twitter: @jennygonevegan.

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