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Trees in the City: Socio-Ecological Dynamics in 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: 4/7/2020
Start / End Time: 10:15 AM / 11:30 AM (MDT)
Room: Virtual Track 10
Organizers: Shawn Landry, Tenley Conway
Chairs: Tenley Conway


Tenley M. Conway, University of Toronto, Mississauga,
Shawn Landry, University of South Florida,

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


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Tenley Conway, University of Toronto- Mississauga, Janina Kowalski*, University of Toronto - Mississauga, Where the Fruit Falls: The Governance of Urban Food Trees 15 10:15 AM
Presenter Lara Roman*, USDA Forest Service, Moving beyond ‘trees are good’: Disservices and costs of urban forests 15 10:30 AM
Presenter David Miller*, University of California Santa Barbara, Michael Alonzo, American University, Dar Roberts, University of California Santa Barbara, Christina Tague, University of California Santa Barbara, Joseph McFadden, University of California Santa Barbara, The effects of severe multiyear drought on urban tree species and turfgrass in a semi-arid city using airborne imaging spectroscopy 15 10:45 AM
Presenter Amber Grant*, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, Ryerson University; Urban Forest Research & Ecological Disturbance (UFRED) Group, Lara Roman, US Forest Service, Philadelphia Field Station, Sara Edge, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, Ryerson University, Andrew A Millward, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, Ryerson University; Urban Forest Research & Ecological Disturbance (UFRED) Group, Cheryl Teelucksingh, Department of Sociology, Ryerson University , Environmental justice and community tree-planting practice in Philadelphia, USA 15 11:00 AM
Presenter Vivek Shandas*, , The Effects of “Redlining” on Current-day Access to Urban Nature 15 11:15 AM

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