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.
|Presenter||Shawn Landry*, University of South Florida, Geoffrey Donovan, USDA Forest Service, Urban Tree Cover, Vegetation Diversity, and Asthma: Evidence from 500 Cities||15||9:35 AM|
|Presenter||Erin Hardman*, Indiana University, Ava Hartman, Indiana University, Samantha Hamlin, Department of Biology, IU College of Arts and Sciences, Dana Habeeb, Department of Informatics, IU Luddy School of Informatics, Urban forest equity: An analysis of the distribution of edible trees in Bloomington and Indianapolis, Indiana||15||9:50 AM|
|Presenter||Andrew A Millward*, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies and Urban Forest Research & Ecological Disturbance (UFRED) Group, Ryerson University, Amber Grant, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies and Urban Forest Research & Ecological Disturbance (UFRED) Group, Ryerson University, Inga Borisenoka, Department of Geography & Environmental Studies and Urban Forest Research & Ecological Disturbance (UFRED) Group, Ryerson University, Sara Edge, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Ryerson University, Trees Are Good, But Better for Some: Environmental Justice and the Management of Urban Forests in the United States||15||10:05 AM|
|Presenter||Daniel Sax*, University of British Columbia, Improvement, not Displacement: Presenting a dimensional analysis clarifying the relationships between urban greening and green gentrification||15||10:20 AM|
|Presenter||Samantha Hamlin, Indiana University, Sarah Mincey, Indiana University, Stephanie Freeman-Day, Indiana University, Bhuwan Thapa*, University of Missouri , Clint McGill, Indiana University , Hannah Gregory, Indiana University, Heather Reynolds, Indiana University, Race, income, and urban forest quality: A spatial analysis of environmental justice in Indiana||15||10:35 AM|
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