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Community Visioning following Managed Retreat Proposal Selected by The Nature Conservancy 



Partners: RISE, CCCE, Edgemere Community Civic Association, Edgemere Coalition Community Garden, and others

Funder: The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy awards our team’s proposal for an inclusive, equitable community visioning process for vacant land following managed retreat in Edgemere, Queens. The highly competitive NYS-focused program selected only two projects in the state.  The project—which will be led by  Rockaway Initiative for Sustainability & Equity  with technical assistance by the Collective for Community, Culture, and Environment—will initiate a co-creation process for socially and ecologically equitable use of vacant, flood prone areas with local partners. The project seeks to strengthen relationships within the community and to city agencies; grow awareness about “living with water” and community involvement in land stewardship; provide a forum for deeply community-driven visioning and a wide variety of voices; and align community priorities around a community land trust model. 

Images couresy of RISE. Photos by Benjamin P. Martin, Giles Ashford, and the Rockaway Field Guide.  

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