Urban Forest Landscapes

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The goal of urban forestry is to understand the ecological, institutional, and human issues at work in the urban landscape. Urban forestry is a comparatively new field within the academic discipline of forestry, and is closely allied to several scientific disciplines as well as the social sciences. Professionals in the field are called upon to provide scientific information and guidance, and to justify in economic, social, and environmental terms the value of the urban landscape in relation to other uses of the ...

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Overview

The goal of urban forestry is to understand the ecological, institutional, and human issues at work in the urban landscape. Urban forestry is a comparatively new field within the academic discipline of forestry, and is closely allied to several scientific disciplines as well as the social sciences. Professionals in the field are called upon to provide scientific information and guidance, and to justify in economic, social, and environmental terms the value of the urban landscape in relation to other uses of the land and other needs of the city.

The multidisciplinary approach of this book recognizes the dilemma that in the attempt to solve problems by developing landscapes that address specific goals such as fire safety, energy and water conservation, and wildlife preservation, other problems are sometimes created because scientific knowledge is lacking or because not all aspects of the situation have been considered. Urban Forest Landscapes takes a critical look ath the current state of knowledge and research in the field, and how available information is applied in the urban setting.

The book includes contributions by twenty specialists. Several articles outline the development of urban forestry in urban environments in the European and North American cultural tradition. Others consider the environmental setting: the level of scientific knowledge, public policy, and perceptions of land management needs, political and administrative issues, and economic approaches. Another group of articles discuss scenic value, management of greenbelts and forest remnants, wildlife habitat design, energy-efficent landscapes, water conservation, and fire-safe landscapes. A final section focuses on sustainability of urban forest landscapes, both from a conceptual perspective and by presenting two practical case studies of managed forests in an urban environment.

University of Washington Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295974392
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Urban Forest Landscapes: Integrating Multidisciplinary Perspectives 3
2 Urban Forestry: A National Initiative 12
3 Changing Forms and Persistent Values: Historical Perspectives on the Urban Forest 17
4 Toward Ecosystem Management: Shifts in the Core and the Context of Urban Forest Ecology 43
5 Informational Issues: A Perspective on Human Needs and Inclinations 60
6 Land Use Control as a Strategy for Retaining and Integrating Urban Forest Landscapes 72
7 Keeping It Green: Political and Administrative Issues in the Preservation of the Urban Forest 78
8 The Role Economics Can Play as an Analytical Tool in Urban Forestry 88
9 The Urban Forest as a Source of Psychological Well-Being 100
10 Scenic Value in the Urbanizing Landscape 111
11 Management of Greenbelts and Forest Remnants in Urban Forest Landscapes 128
12 Wildlife Habitat Design in Urban Forest Landscapes 139
13 Energy-Efficient Landscapes 150
14 Water Conserving Landscapes 161
15 Fire-Safe Landscapes 164
16 Sustainability in Landscaping 175
17 Net Benefits of Healthy and Productive Urban Forests 180
18 Bellevue, Washington: Managing the Urban Forest for Multiple Benefits 195
19 Tiger Mountain State Forest: A Working Forest in an Urban Environment 201
20 Some Thoughts on Integrating Multiple Objectives for Urban Forest Landscapes 208
Contributors 213
Index 217
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