Managed Forests as Urban Fabric

Authors: Julia Smachylo*, Harvard University
Topics: Urban Geography, Human-Environment Geography, Landscape
Keywords: Extended urbanization, Forest management, Incentives
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 5:00 PM / 6:40 PM
Room: Hampton Room, Omni, East
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This presentation positions forests and their management practices as offering insight in to past and present urban morphologies and socio-spatial processes. I explore how forests might be considered part of the urban fabric through the lenses of urban theory, state regulation and everyday experience. Within this broader framing, I am particularly interested in the trend toward incentivized forestry programs in urbanizing areas that are leveraging private landowners’ capacities to protect and manage these resources. Of particular interest are the new actor assemblages tied to these incentives, and the potential socio-spatial consequences that might arise with the extension of forest management to those outside the state.

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