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Trees and other Green Infrastructure in the context of urban residential yard management goals: a multi-country analysis

Authors: Tenley Conway*, University of Toronto, Shefaly Gunjal, University of Toronto, Mississauga
Topics: Environment, Coupled Human and Natural Systems
Keywords: urban forests, residential landscapes, green infrastructure
Session Type: Paper
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How residents manage trees and other vegetation on their property has substantial cumulative impacts on characteristics of the urban forest and the potential of urban green infrastructure to provide critical ecosystem services. Research has recently explored both residents’ preferences for their yard and biophysical conditions within these spaces, but much of the work has been limited to single cities or comparisons between US cities. This presentation described a study examining residents’ desired yard activities, management goals and interest in installing GI features across three cities in the United States, Canada and Europe (Toronto, Philadelphia, Malmo). The objectives are to (1) understand similarities and difference in yard activities and management goals within and between the three cities and (2) consider how these preferences are related to willingness to plant trees and install other green infrastructure. The results of the resident surveys highlight differences in stated preferences for activities in residential yards, including level of interest in eating meals, playing and tending a garden. Additional differences exist in preferences for having lawn and other vegetation, including tolerance for weeds. The presentation will end with an examination of the ways these differences in yard activity and management preferences translate to willingness to have more trees and other green infrastructure within residents’ yard space.

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