Trees in the City 3: urban forestry policy and program impacts

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group, Urban Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 5:00 PM
Room: Bourbon Room, Astor, Mezzanine
Organizers: Shawn Landry, Tenley Conway
Chairs: Shawn Landry


Urban forests are integral components of the urban social and ecological systems of the city. Moreover, trees are often framed as the solution or a mitigation strategy to address a laundry-list of problems facing cities. Justifications for urban forestry investments have included concepts such as the potential of increasing ecosystem services, using trees as green infrastructure to reduce the demand for gray infrastructure, mitigating and adapting to climate change, and/or addressing existing uneven access to a natural amenity. The presence and condition of urban trees is determined by a complex set of factors, many of which result from socio-ecological conditions and policy driven decisions at multiple spatial scales. Given the recent re-investment in urban forests occurring in many North American, monitoring and management of trees and green spaces has become an important object for government policy, business strategy and academic research.

This session, part of a four session series, will focus on urban forestry policy and program impacts.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Janina Kowalski*, University of Toronto - Mississauga, Tenley Conway, University of Toronto- Missisauga, Food (Forests) for Thought: The Policy and Management of Urban Food Forests in Canada 20 3:20 PM
Presenter Amber Grant*, Ryerson University, Environmental Applied Science and Management, Andrew A Millward, Ryerson University, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Sara Edge, Ryerson University, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Ekow Ashun-Stone, Ryerson University, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Equity goals and implementation strategies: A meta-analysis of urban forestry policy documents for municipalities across North America 20 3:40 PM
Presenter Peter Duinker*, Dalhousie University, James Steenberg, Dalhousie University, David Foster, Dalhousie University, Emilie English, Dalhousie University, Simone Charron, Dalhousie University, John Simmons, Halifax Regional Municipality, Plans Require Implementation to Achieve Management: How We Did It for Urban Forests in Halifax, Canada 20 4:00 PM
Presenter Tenley Conway*, University of Toronto, Are Trees Green Infrastructure? Municipal policy and green infrastructure definitions 20 4:20 PM
Presenter Andrew Almas*, University of Toronto, Emerald ash borer and Canadian urban forests: Exploring management of a large-scale urban forest invasion 20 4:40 PM

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