Assessing the Ecosystem Services Deliverable: The Critical Role of the Urban Tree Inventory
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The treein front of my home is a word,
the treeson my street are a sentence,
the treesin my neighborhood are a paragraph
and all the treesin the community are a story.
That story tells us about our relationship to nature, past and present.
The future of this story lies in the hands of all residents…
– Greg McPherson, USDA Forest Service
With the ever-increasing urbanization of Europe and its impact on people’s quality of life, there is a heightened awareness of the important role played by the Urban Forest in delivering essential ecosystem services. This, in turn, has highlighted the need to assess the actual ability of the Urban Forest resource to provide these tangible “deliverables”.
Given that the Urban Forest is a living resource, its critical needs must be met if we are to realize the benefits the Urban Forest can yield. Management of any tangible resource usually begins with an assessment of what already exists, and that is no less true for the green resource. In fact, it is the...
KeywordsGlobal Position System Geographic Information System Ecosystem Service Geographic Information System Global Position System
The author would like to express a debt of gratitude to Drs. Alex Shigo and Norm Richards for the generosity of their mentoring, their willingness to share their vast knowledge and for their love of trees, not only during their lives but in perpetuity. Thanks to Roeland Samson and Johan Östberg for their review of the material and their valuable suggestions.
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