Realizing the Potential of Urban Forests

      Realizing the Potential of Urban Forests

        Article Summary

        In October 2019, urban forested natural area practitioners gathered in New York City to share and compare their strategies for management, the first Forests in Cities workshop. As part of the Forest in Cities Workshop, 12 cities across the United States created case studies around common themes related to achieving healthy forests as a part of sustainable cities. The goal was to provide examples of work on the ground, and demonstrate that work of individual cities are part of common themes and solutions. The themes of the workshop and related case studies are described below. 


        Prioritization and Planning

        Innovations in Restoration and Management


        Climate Change Adaptation

        Organizing and Community Engagement

        Urban Land Preservation and Policy

        In a nutshell, this resource offers:

        • A collection of case studies from across the country, organized by theme, that explore different areas of urban forested natural area management.
        • Examples of methodologies and approaches.
        • Ideas for developing urban forested natural area management strategies.

        How to use this resource:

        • As a starting place to understand urban forested natural area management.

        Date published: 2020

        Point of contact: Clara C. Pregitzer, Deputy Director of Conservation Science, Natural Areas Conservancy, 

        Citation: Pregitzer, C. C.; Plitt, S.; and Charlop-Powers, S. 2020. Realizing the Potential of Urban Forests: Forests in Cities Workshop Themes and City Case Study Descriptions. Cities and the Environment (CATE): Vol. 13: Iss. 1, Article 2.

        Resource is available online here.


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