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Shade Trees and Tree Wardens: Revising the History of Urban Forestry

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The contributions that urban forestry has made to society have been increasing over the past two decades. The profession has its origins, as does forestry and other natural resource professions, in the first conservation era of the late 1800s. Tree warden laws are some of the earliest and most important urban forestry laws passed by state legislatures. The importance of public shade trees was recognized by amateur forestry activists, and public sentimentality for shade trees was used strategically by these activists as a forest policy persuasion tool.

Keywords: environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; history; law; natural resource management; natural resources; policy; urban forestry

Document Type: Regular Article

Affiliations: Extension Educator Urban and Community Forestry The University of Connecticut's Cooperative Extensions System 1800 Asylum Avenue West Hartford CT 06117-2600, Email:

Publication date: July 1, 2005

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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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