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Compendium of Best Urban Forest Management Practices

Chapter 3. Benefits of Urban Forests

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Benefits of Urban Forests

Protecting and conserving urban forests through proper management is vital to sustaining healthy communities. Urban forests provide a multitude of benefits from an ecological, climatic, architectural, psychological and monetary point of view. They provide habitat and food sources for wildlife, cooler watercourses, mitigate noise and dust levels, improve air and water quality, absorb pollutants, sequester carbon and help conserve energy. Understanding the functions, values and services that urban forests provide are integral to their successful management.

For more information, see Tree Canada’s web page on the Benefits of Trees.

Bibliographical Resources:

Kuo, F. (2003). The role of arboriculture in a healthy social ecology. Journal of Arboriculture, Vol. 29 (3), pp. 148-155.

McPherson, G. (2000). Urban Forestry Issues in North America and Their Global Linkages. Western Center for Urban Forest Research and Education, Pacific Southwest Research Station: Davis, CA.

Westphal, L. (2003). Urban greening and social benefits: a study of empowerment outcomes. Journal of Arboriculture, Vol. 29 (3), pp. 137-147.


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