Growing the Urban Forest: Our Practitioners’ Perspective
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The materials of city planning are:
sky, space, trees, steel, and cement;
in that order and that hierarchy.
– Le Corbusier
In a natural forest, trees and their traditional forest associates – the living soil ecosystem as well as other flora and fauna – exist in communities – dynamic systems of mutual dependence and accommodation among the community’s members.
Enter the Urban Forest – primarily consisting of urban trees and related green infrastructure (GI), but with few of the traditional community members and one very new and very dynamic associate – us.
The availability of valuation research tools combined with the pressures of urbanization and climate change have promoted an awareness of the multi-faceted value of Urban Forests. As with all valued resources, the Urban Forest and related GI require a clear, well-defined, working toolbox of Best Management Standards , Protocols and Practices that can effectively manage the urban tree and its associates.
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KeywordsGeographic Information System Green Space Urban Forest Urban Agriculture Good Management Practice
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