Grace Forest, North Hills, N.Y.

(Destruction of 70-acre old-growth forest, designated “critical environmental area” on New York City-border for luxury-gated-condo and office development)

Mobilized environmental groups to oppose development of rare remaining 70-acre forest on border of Queens, N.Y., and Nassau County;

Created legal “standing” on my own behalf through repeated visits to area;

Recruited local litigant (not filed);

Dissected 20-years of zoning and environmental filings to pinpoint serious legal flaws;

Obtained emergency weekend TRO to temporarily halt development;

Filed extensive legal case against approvals using esoteric environmental review precedents;

Organized testimony to local government and extensive media coverage, including CBS New York station and cable-news.