Trees in the City 5: Social values and ecosystem services of the urban forest

Type: Paper
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: 4:30 PM / 6:10 PM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Congressional A, Omni, West
Organizers: Shawn Landry, Tenley Conway
Chairs: Tenley Conway


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.

Trees in the City includes four paper sessions and one panel session. This session will focus on social values and ecosystem services of the urban forest.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Jessica Quinton*, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada, Peter N Duinker, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada, James Steenberg, Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forestry, Truro, NS, Canada, Karen Gallant, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada, John Charles, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada, Sociocultural values ascribed to trees in urban cemeteries in Halifax, Nova Scotia 20 4:30 PM
Presenter Sarah Becker*, Ursinus College, Patrick Hurley*, Ursinus College, Assessing Woody Species in the Philadelphia Urban Forest: Foraging Potential Versus Actual Practices 20 4:50 PM
Presenter Mayra Ivelisse Rodriguez Gonzalez*, Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University, Brady S. Hardiman, Forestry and Natural Resources & Environmental and Ecological Engineering, Purdue University, Provisioning and accessibility of ecosystem services along the Chicago metro-region 20 5:10 PM
Presenter Asia Dowtin*, Michigan State University, Delphis Levia, University of Delaware, Afton Clarke-Sather, University of Minnesota Duluth, Exploring New Linkages between Spatial Variability in Metropolitan Land Use and Nutrient Cycling in the Urban Forest 20 5:30 PM
Presenter Janani Sivarajah*, Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto, UV radiation and urban shade trees: How much protection can they provide us? 20 5:50 PM

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