Urban Forest Indicators for Planning and Designing Future Forests
AbstractThis paper describes a research project exploring future urban forests. This study uses a Delphi approach to develop a set of key indicators for healthy, resilient urban forests. Two groups of experts participated in the Delphi survey: International academics and local practitioners. The results of the Delphi indicate that “urban tree diversity” and “physical access to nature” are indicators of high importance. “Tree risk” and “energy conservation” were rated as indicators of relatively low importance. Results revealed some differences between academics and practitioners in terms of their rating of the indicators. The research shows that some indicators rated as high importance are not necessarily the ones measured or promoted by many municipal urban forestry programs. In particular, social indicators of human health and well-being were rated highly by participants, but not routinely measured by urban forestry programs. View Full-Text
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Barron, S.; Sheppard, S.R.; Condon, P.M. Urban Forest Indicators for Planning and Designing Future Forests. Forests 2016, 7, 208.
Barron S, Sheppard SR, Condon PM. Urban Forest Indicators for Planning and Designing Future Forests. Forests. 2016; 7(9):208.Chicago/Turabian Style
Barron, Sara; Sheppard, Stephen R.; Condon, Patrick M. 2016. "Urban Forest Indicators for Planning and Designing Future Forests." Forests 7, no. 9: 208.
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