Trees in the City 3: 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: 11:10 AM / 12:25 PM (PST)
Room: Virtual 33
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.

AAG 2021 will feature four Trees in the City sessions.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Douglas Shoemaker*, Center for Applied GISci at UNC Charlotte, Ely Portillo, UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, A Story in 4 Maps: How Spatial Analytics and the Press Prod Charlotte Toward Keeping Canopy Goals 15 11:10 AM
Presenter Rinku Roy Chowdhury*, Clark University, Aaron Grade, Clark University, Dexter Locke, USDA Forest Service, Carlos Dobler-Morales, Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, Morgan Grove, USDA Forest Service, Peter Groffman, City University of New York, Kelli Larson, Arizona State University, Kristen Nelson, University of Minnesota, A multi-city analysis of urban vegetation in neighborhoods and parcels: the role of socioeconomic and institutional contexts 15 11:25 AM
Presenter Adam Berland*, Ball State University, Dexter Locke, USDA Forest Service, Kirsten Schwarz, University of California, Los Angeles, Dustin Herrmann, University of California, Riverside, Property parcel characteristics help understand urban vegetation patterns 15 11:40 AM
Presenter Sarah Becker, Ursinus College, Patrick Hurley*, Ursinus College, Marla R. Emery, U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Assessing Access to Culturally Significant Species in New York City, USA’s Urban Forest: The case of Ginkgo biloba and Morus species Harvesting by Chinese Americans and their Descendants 15 11:55 AM
Presenter Lorien Nesbitt*, University of British Columbia, Cecil Konijnendijk, University of British Columbia, Nathanael Lauster, University of British Columbia, Hyeone Park, University of British Columbia, Intercultural exchange in contested space: the biocultural diversity of urban forests through the lens of Vancouver, Canada 15 12:10 PM

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