Trees in the City 1: Socio-Ecological Dynamics in the Urban Forest

Type: Virtual Paper
Sponsor Groups: Cultural and Political Ecology Specialty Group, Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group, Urban Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM (PST)
Room: Virtual 33
Organizers: Shawn Landry, Tenley Conway
Chairs: Shawn Landry


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.

AAG 2021 will feature four Trees in the City sessions.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Marc Healy*, Clark University, John Rogan, Clark University, Deborah Martin, Clark University, Lara Roman, US Forest Service, Sabine Nix, University of Pennsylvania, Characterizing historical urban canopy cover through a manual interpretation methodology 15 8:00 AM
Presenter Natalie Van Doorn*, U.S. Forest Service - Pacific Southwest Research Station, Erika Teach, U.S. Forest Service - Pacific Southwest Research Station , Francisco Escobedo, U.S. Forest Service - Pacific Southwest Research Station, Alyssa Thomas, U.S. Forest Service - Pacific Southwest Research Station, Urban forest changes and their drivers in Sacramento Region, CA. 15 8:15 AM
Presenter David L. Miller*, University of California Santa Barbara, Erin B. Wetherley, University of California Santa Barbara, Dar A. Roberts, University of California Santa Barbara, Christina L. Tague, University of California Santa Barbara, Joseph P. McFadden, University of California Santa Barbara, Annual changes in urban tree and turfgrass cover during a long-term drought in Los Angeles 15 8:30 AM
Presenter Lara Roman*, USDA Forest Service, Theodore Eisenman, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, The rise and fall of the London planetree in Philadelphia: Legacies of past decision-making in urban forestry 15 8:45 AM
Presenter Greg King*, University of Alberta, Carson Hvenegaard, University of Alberta, Sarah Quann, Tree Canada, Eric North, University of Minnesota, Effects of residential development on growth, climatic drivers, and resilience of mature trees 15 9:00 AM

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