Date of Award
Master of Arts in Community Development and Planning (CDP)
International Development, Community and Environment
Urban tree planting initiatives have become common across cities in the United States. In order to advocate for sustainable urban forests, managers of urban planting initiatives must adopt a strong community framework, which includes community values in reforestation efforts. Clark University researchers conducted interviews and surveys with residents in six central Massachusetts cities and towns to assess why residents value urban trees and to characterize public response to reforestation efforts. Results indicate residents had positive experiences with tree planting programs, are most likely to value urban trees for aesthetic reasons, and commonly associate change in neighborhood character with Asian Longhorned Beetle related tree cutting. These findings can be used to inform future policy decisions and to increase participation in tree planting programs by appealing to characteristics residents value in urban trees.
Goldman, Eli, "Seeing Community Through the Trees: Characterizing Resident Response to Urban-Tree Planting Initiatives" (2017). International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE). 121.
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