The culmination of a three-year research project, Planning the Urban Forest is a best-practices manual about integrating urban forestry into municipal planning activities. Urban forests provide enormous environmental, social, and economic benefits. In addition to aesthetics, urban forests conserve natural ecosystems and sustain clean air and water. They reduce stormwater runoff, cool the urban heat island, reduce air pollution, and provide wildlife habitat. Yet the tree canopy in many U.S. metropolitan areas has declined significantly over the last few decades due to increased urbanization.The solution is far more complex than planting more trees, however. Urban forestry professionals and advocates must maximize green infrastructure while reducing the costs of grey infrastructure (the built environment). While both are important, communities that foster green infrastructure are more livable, produce fewer pollutants, and are most cost-effective to operate.
Publisher: - American Planning Association - more
Code: - ISBN: 9781932364576
Year: - 2009
Authors: - Schwab J C (Gen. Ed.)