Place as human-environment network: Tree planting and place-making in Massachusetts, USA
Considering place as more-than-local, this chapter takes a relational approach to understanding place production. It does so by exploring notions of place, and by investigating environmental policies as integral to urban place-making. Using as a case study the ‘Greening the Gateway Cities’ program, a formal governance program to plant trees in a number of cities in Massachusetts, USA, the chapter considers a number of human and non-human actors that can shape a place through tree planting. A state government agency, and its forester-actors, enact a policy to plant trees and foster tree stewardship on primarily private property. Community non-profit partners help to promote the program, and individual residents and property owners steward the newly planted trees. In this energy and climate-adaptation formal governance policy, multi-scalar actors are brought together around caring for trees. The resulting relationships and landscape demonstrates the ongoing, emerging and multi-actor making of places as human environments.
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Martin, Deborah, "Place as human-environment network: Tree planting and place-making in Massachusetts, USA" (2020). Geography. 333.