Compendium of Best Urban Forest Management Practices
Chapter 12. Management of Urban Woodlots and Parks
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Urban woodlots and parks provide wildlife habitat, maintain soil and water quality, help cities to mitigate and adapt to climate change, are aesthetically appealing, and provide recreation to millions of people. There are a number of factors that forest managers must consider in the management of wooded areas in an urban context. They include:
Management practices include planting buffer strips to mitigate compaction, pruning to clear sight lines and implementing monitoring programs. Future climate conditions may need to be considered when managing parks and woodlots (Brown, Vanos, Kenny, & Lenzholzer, 2015).
Canadian online resources for woodlot management:
Canadian online resources for urban park management:
Non-Canadian online resources:
Brown, R. D., Vanos, J., Kenny, N., & Lenzholzer, S. (2015). Designing urban parks that ameliorate the effects of climate change. Landscape and Urban Planning, 138, 118-131. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landurbplan.2015.02.006
Klemm, W., van Hove, B., Lenzholzer, S., & Kramer, H. (2017). Towards guidelines for designing parks of the future. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, 21, 134-145. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2016.11.004
Miller, R. W., Hauser, R. J., & Werner, L. P. (2015). Urban Forestry: Planning and Managing Urban Greenspaces (3rd ed.). Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press, Inc.