Trees in the City 3: Urban forestry governance, policies and program impacts

Type: Paper
Theme:
Sponsor Groups: Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group, Urban Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/3/2019
Start / End Time: 12:40 PM / 2:20 PM
Room: Congressional A, Omni, West
Organizers: Shawn Landry, Tenley Conway
Chairs: Shawn Landry

Call for Submissions

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 cities, monitoring and management of trees and green spaces has become an important object for government policy, business strategy and academic research.

For this session at the AAG, we are particularly looking for presentations that:
• Utilize geospatial methods to measure or monitor the urban forest
• Examine socio-ecological interactions in the urban forest
• Explore urban forestry policy and program impacts


Description

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 cities, monitoring and management of trees and green spaces has become an important object for government policy, business strategy and academic research.This session will focus on urban forestry policy and program impacts.

Trees in the City includes four paper sessions and one panel session. This session includes papers that examine urban forest management, governance, and program impacts in the US and Canada.


Agenda

Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Tenley Conway*, University of Toronto, Do Trees Count? Residents’ Understanding and Interest in Living Green Infrastructure 20 12:40 PM
Presenter Nicholas Geron*, , Planting a Neighborhood: How building social networks to support tree planting can increase tree survivorship and vigor in the Massachusetts Greening the Gateway Cities Program 20 1:00 PM
Presenter Theodore Eisenman*, University of Massachusetts - Amherst, Madison Kremer, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Ben Breger, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Lara Roman, U.S. Forest Service, Urban tree survival and stewardship in a state-managed planting initiative 20 1:20 PM
Presenter Amber Grant*, Urban Forest Research & Ecological Disturbance (UFRED) Group, Ryerson University, Andrew A Millward, Urban Forest Research & Ecological Disturbance (UFRED) Group, Ryerson University, Sara Edge, Geography & Environmental Studies, Ryerson Univesity, Environmental justice, equity goals, and implementation strategies in urban forest management: A case study of San Francisco, USA 20 1:40 PM
Presenter Cecil Konijnendijk*, University of British Columbia, Faculty of Forestry, Lorien Nesbitt, University of British Columbia, Faculty of Forestry, Zach Wirtz, University of British Columbia, Faculty of Forestry, Urban forest governance in Canadian cities - models for success and handling calamities 20 2:00 PM

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