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Can Small, Rural Communities Practice Urban Forestry?

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The practice of urban forestry traditionally has been confined to large cities and their suburbs. However, trees and forests within municipalities–regardless of community size or location within a rural, urban, or suburban setting–all have the potential to provide residents with the environmental benefits and other amenities associated with urban forestry. In most cases, the management afforded metropolitan trees is far superior to that in nonmetropolitan communities. As a result, small towns are often populated by unsightly, unhealthy, and potentially dangerous trees. The biological, economic, and social forces underlying the poor condition of these forests are presented and potential remedies discussed.

Keywords: community forestry; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; natural resource management; natural resources; silviculture

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Assistant Professor Department of Forestry, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, 62901, 2: Community Forestry Coordinator Department of Forestry, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, 62901 3: Assistant Professor Department of Forestry, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL, 62901

Publication date: 2002-01-01

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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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