The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) congratulates Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Cities4Forests, Grimshaw Architects, Silman DPC, and Peten forestry community concessions, for winning an international design contest organized by the New York City Council and the Van Alen Institute to reimagine the Brooklyn Bridge.

The winning Brooklyn Bridge Forest project proposes an expansion of the historic bridge walkway with 20,000 wooden planks sustainably harnessed from Uaxactún FSC-certified community concession in the Maya Biosphere Reserve (Guatemala), and thereby contribute to safeguarding a 200,000-acre rainforest. With this design, the bridge would triple its capacity for bicycle and pedestrian traffic. At the same time, the micro-forests on both sides would bring nature back to New York City and serve as green spaces for underserved communities.

The project was selected through a combination of public votes and scores from the competition's interdisciplinary jury. Choosing wood from a certified forest community for this proposal highlights the importance of sustainable management and its positive impact on forest conservation, healthier cities, and the global environment.