Applications of urban tree canopy assessment and prioritization tools: supporting collaborative decision making to achieve urban sustainability goals
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Cities and the Environment. 6(1): article 7.
Urban Tree Canopy (UTC) Prioritizations can be both a set of geographic analysis tools and a planning process for collaborative decision-making. In this paper, we describe how UTC Prioritizations can be used as a planning process to provide decision support to multiple government agencies, civic groups and private businesses to aid in reaching a canopy target. Linkages to broader City-scale sustainability plans are explored. This article represents an extension and update to the UTC Canopy Goal Setting Guide by Raciti et al (2006). We conclude with recommendations for a market-like analysis of neighborhoods to better match planting initiatives to particular neighborhoods’ motivations, capacities and interests in order to improve the adoption of improved urban forestry practices.
KeywordsUrban Forestry; UTC; urban tree canopy; geographic information systems; GIS; trees; planning; sustainability
Locke, Dexter H.; Grove, J. Morgan; Galvin, Michael; ONeil-Dunne, Jarlath P.M.; Murphy, Charles. 2013. Applications of urban tree canopy assessment and prioritization tools: supporting collaborative decision making to achieve urban sustainability goals. Cities and the Environment. 6(1): article 7.