Governors Island Ecology
Governors Island National Monument
See a sample of the flora and fauna on this New York Harbor island.
Many different trees inhabit Governors Island. Unfortunately all trees are non-native. Very early in the island's human history, the Dutch harvested the trees were used to build their new settlement on the lower half of Manhattan.Download 6.3 MB
Chestnut trees used to be a common site in America, and were prized for their hard wood until it became susceptible to chestnut blight, an Asian fungus. A handful of American Chestnut trees have recently been reintroduced to Governors Island.