People and Trees: Assessing the US Urban Forest Resource

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Abstract:

Urban areas in the conterminous United State doubled in size between 1969 and 1994, and currently cover 3.5 percent of the total land area and contain more than 75 percent of the US population. Urban areas contain approximately 3.8 billion trees with an average tree canopy cover of 27 percent. The extent and variation of urban forests across the 48 states are explored to help build a better understanding of this significant national resource. Urbanization and urban forests are likely to be a significant focus of forestry in the 21st century.

Keywords: environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; inventory; natural resource management; natural resources; urban forestry

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Project Leader and Research Forester USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 5 Moon Library, Syracuse, NY, 13210, dnowak@fs.fed.us 2: Water Resource Specialist New Mexico Environment Department, Groundwater Quality Bureau, Santa Fe 3: Forester USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Forest Experiment Station, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 5 Moon Library, Syracuse, NY, 13210 4: Project Leader and Research Forester USDA Forest Service, North Central Research Station, Evanston, Illinois

Publication date: March 1, 2001

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  • The Journal of Forestry is the most widely circulated scholarly forestry journal in the world. In print since 1902, the Journal has received several national awards for excellence. The mission of the Journal of Forestry is to advance the profession of forestry by keeping forest management professionals informed about significant developments and ideas in the many facets of forestry: economics, education and communication, entomology and pathology, fire, forest ecology, geospatial technologies, history, international forestry, measurements, policy, recreation, silviculture, social sciences, soils and hydrology, urban and community forestry, utilization and engineering, and wildlife management. The Journal is published bimonthly: January, March, May, July, September, and November.
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