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Pacific Southwest Research Station

 

Pacific Southwest Research Station
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Albany, CA 94710-0011

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Urban Ecosystems and Social Dynamics

Urban Ecosystems and Processes

A Practical Approach to Benefit Cost Analysis in Small Communities

Summary

This study demonstrates an approach to quantify the structure, benefits, and costs of street tree populations in resource-limited communities without tree inventories. Using the city of Davis, CA as a model, existing data on the benefits and costs of municipal trees were applied to the results of a sample inventory of the city.s public and private street trees.


Years of Research:  2000-2002

Funded by:  California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, City of Davis, USDA Forest Service

Cooperators:  City of Davis, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, UC Davis Department of Environmental Horticulture

Products / Publications:

  1. Gardner, Shelley. March 2006. 'Selling' Urban Forestry in Your Town. - View Document [18.81 MB]

  2. McPherson, E.G. 2004. A Functional Approach to Urban Forest Planning and Management. Davis, CA: Center for Urban Forest Research, Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service; ppt.,63 - View Document [4.77 MB]

  3. Maco, S.E. 2002. A practical approach to assessing structure, function, and value of street tree populations in small communities. Davis, CA: University of California. M.S. Thesis - View Document [2.39 MB]

  4. Maco, S.E. and E.G. McPherson. 2003. A practical approach to assessing structure, function, and value of street tree populations in small communities. Journal of Arboriculture 29(2): March 2003 - View Document [770.44 KB]

  5. Geiger, J.R. October 2005. Air Pollution Control - The Tree Factor. - View Document [6.08 MB]

  6. Geiger, J.R. 2005. Air Pollution Control: The Tree Factor. Davis, CA: Center for Urban Forest Research, Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service - View Document [2.16 MB]

  7. McPherson, E.G. December 6, 2005. Benefit-based Tree Appraisal. Davis, CA: Center for Urban Forest Research, Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service - View Document [6.32 MB]

  8. McPherson, E.G. 2005. Benefits of Trees, A Lot to Think About. Davis, CA: Center for Urban Forest Research, Pacific SouthwestResearch Station, USDA Forest Service; ppt., 143. Speech - View Document [8.72 MB]

  9. Geiger, J.R., McPherson, E.G. 2004. Desert Southwest Community Tree Guide. Davis, CA: Center for Urban Forest Research, Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service; ppt., 65. Speech - View Document [4 MB]

  10. McPherson, E.G., J.R. Simpson, P.J. Peper, S.E. Maco, Q. Xiao, and E. Mulrean. 2004. Desert Southwest Community Tree Guide: Benefits, Costs and Strategic Planting. Phoenix, AZ: Arizona Community Tree Council, Inc. 81 :81- - View Document [3.89 MB]

  11. Vargas, Kelaine. April 2006. Effects of Tree Cover on Microclimate. ISA Southern Chapter Annual Conference - View Document [5.66 MB]

  12. McPherson,E.G. 2010-06-21. Energy, Climate Change, Air Quality, and Urban Greening. Decision Maker's Seminar - View Document [7.41 MB]

  13. Mcpherson, E.G. 2005. Extreme Arboriculture Research. Davis, CA: Center for Urban Forest Research, Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service; ppt., 111. Speech - View Document [6.48 MB]

  14. Paula Peper. 2009. Greenhouse Gas Reduction Pilot Project. 75th Annual Western Chapter International Society of Arboriculture Conference, Reno, NV - View Document [4.81 MB]

  15. Geiger, J.R. 2005. Growing Cleaner Air: The Tree Factor. Davis, CA: Center for Urban Forest Research, Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service; ppt.,42 - View Document [1003.92 KB]

  16. McPherson, E.G. 2004. How ecoSmart Can Assist in Addressing Fire Issues. Davis, CA: Center for Urban Forest Research, Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service; ppt., 80. Speech - View Document [349.34 KB]

  17. Geiger, J.R. 2004. Integrate Green and Gray Infrastructure Using Greenspace-Accounting Tools: The community forestry solution. Davis, CA: Center for Urban Forest Research, Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service; ppt., 130. Speech - View Document [9.28 MB]

  18. McPherson, E. G. September 01-02, 2005. Keys Concepts of Urban Forest Management. Davis, CA: Center for Urban Forest Research, Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service - View Document [4.91 MB]

  19. Geiger, J.R. 2005. Midwest Community Tree Guide. Davis, CA: Center for Urban Forest Research, Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service - View Document [2.17 MB]

  20. Geiger, J.R. February 2006. Midwest Community Tree Guide. Arborist Association Annual conference and Trade Show - View Document [5.97 MB]

  21. Geiger, J.R. October 2005. Midwest Community Tree Guide. Minnesota Shade Tree Advisory Committee Luncheon - View Document [4.87 MB]

  22. McPherson, E.G.. 2005. Money Does Grow On Trees: The benefits and values of Minnesota trees. Davis, CA: Center for Urban Forest Research, Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service - View Document [6.67 MB]

  23. Levitt, D.G.. J.R. Simpson, C.S. Grimmond, E.G. McPherson and R. Rowntree. 1994. Neighborhood-scale temperature variation related to canopy cover differences in Southern California. 11th Conference on Biometeorology and Aerobiology. 7-10 March, 1994, San Diego, California, American Meteorological Society - View Document [405.61 KB]

  24. Geiger, J.R. 2004. New tree guide demonstrates cost-effectiveness of community trees. Western Arborist - View Document [233.82 KB]

  25. Geiger, J.R. February 2006. Obtaining an Investment in Community Trees . - View Document [5.13 MB]

  26. Lau, Edie. 2004. Olympic torch's ripple effect. Sacramento Bee - View Document [19.1 KB]

  27. Paula Peper & Walt Warriner. 2009. Planning and Implementing a Greenhouse Gas Tree Project: Santa Monica Case Study. Urban Forestry: Future Perfect; Western Chapter ISA and California Urban Forests Council, UC Berkeley, International House, Berkeley, California

  28. Geiger, J.R. 2003. Research Findings: Obtaining an investment in the urban forest from local decision makers. Davis, CA: Center for Urban Forest Research, Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service - View Document [764.09 KB]

  29. McPherson. August, 2009. Roles of Ecologists in the Design of High-Performance Urban Forests. Ecological Society of America Annual Conference

  30. Geiger, J.R. 2004. San Francisco trees poised to provide big benefits. Western Arborist - View Document [334.6 KB]

  31. McPherson, E.G. 2010. Selecting Reference Cities for i-Tree Streets. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry - View Document [1.2 MB]

  32. McPherson, E.G. and J.R. Simpson. 1995. Shade trees as a demand-side resource. Home Energy, March/April 11-17 p - View Document [519.79 KB]

  33. Gardner, Shelley. October . Software for Sustainable Landscapes. - View Document [5.45 MB]

  34. Geiger,J.R. 2005. Street Tree Inventories: The STRATUM Approach. Davis, CA: Center for Urban Forest Research, Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service; ppt., 63. Speech - View Document [5.41 MB]

  35. Geiger, J. December 1, 2005 . The Benefit and Value of Urban Trees. Davis, CA: Center for Urban Forest Research, Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service - View Document [6.15 MB]

  36. Greg McPherson. 2009. The Urban Forest Imperative: Effects on Carbon, Water, Heat Islands and Community Quality of Life. Greenscapes Symposium 2009 - View Document [6.67 MB]

  37. Paula Peper. 2009. The Urban Forest: What's in it for You?. Earth Day and Creek Week Activities, American River College, Raef Hall, Sacramento, California

  38. Simpson, J.R. 2004. Tools for Quantifying Climate-related Effects of Trees on Urban Forest Benefits. Davis, CA: Center for Urban Forest Research, Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service; ppt., 1. Poster - View Document [689.91 KB]

  39. Paula Peper. 2009. Tree Siting: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly. LEAF Stewards, Sacramento Tree Foundation, Sacramento, California - View Document [5.05 MB]

  40. Simpson, J. August 30, 2005. Trees and Air Quality. Davis, CA: Center for Urban Forest Research, Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service - View Document [1.59 MB]

  41. McPherson, E.G.. January 11, 2006. Trees are $$$ -- Realizing the Benefits of Trees. Davis, CA: Center for Urban Forest Research, Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service - View Document [6.18 MB]

  42. Maco, Scott. 2004. Understanding What You Have and What it is Worth: Tools that value benefits of the urban forest resources. Davis, CA: Center for Urban Forest Research, Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service; ppt., 69. Speech - View Document [7.2 MB]

  43. Greg McPherson. 2009. Urban Forest Carbon Offsets, New Frontier for the Utility Industry. Trees & Utilities National Conference - 2009, National Arbor Day Foundation, Dallas, TX - View Document [4.05 MB]

  44. Greg McPherson. July 30, 2009. Urban Forests and Climate Change: Another Reason to Hug a Tree. Trees for the People Speaker Series

  45. Greg McPherson. 2009. Urban Forests and Climate Change: Another Reason to Hug a Tree. Melbourne's Green Infrastructure -- Public Lecture Series - View Document [2.35 MB]

  46. Peper, P.J. 2005. Urban Forests: Benefits, Costs, and Management Effects. Davis, CA: Center for Urban Forest Research, Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service; ppt., 64. Speech - View Document [3.95 MB]

  47. Greg McPherson. October 2009. Urban Greening. Presentation

  48. Greg McPherson. 2009. Urban Greening: Lessons from U.S Urban Ecosystem Analyses. Presentation to City of Brisbane, Brisbane Square - View Document [4.94 MB]

  49. Greg McPherson. 2009. Urban forest project reporting protocol - webinar. Center for Urban Forest Research, Davis, California - View Document [2.1 MB]

  50. McPherson, E.G. 2003. Urban forestry issues in North America: global implications. Engineering Green, National Urban Forest Conference San Antonio. Texas - View Document [246.28 KB]

  51. McPherson, E.G. Winter 2009. Value for Money. Chartered Forester = Download File

  52. Simpson, E.G. August 24, 2005. Where Are All the Cool Parking Lots. Davis, CA: Center for Urban Forest Research, Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service - View Document [954.58 KB]

  53. Gardner, Shelley. January 2006. ecoSmart-Fire: Smart Design Tools for Landscapes. Living with Wildfire in Chaparral Ecosystems: Providing Tools for Decision Makers - View Document [3.56 MB]

  54. McPherson, E.G. April 2006. i-Tree: Demonstrating that Trees Pay Us Back!. - View Document [4.79 MB]

  55. McPherson, E.G. 2004. iTree: Integrated Urban Forest Inventory and Analysis. Davis, CA: Center for Urban Forest Research, Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service; ppt., 44. Speech - View Document [2.3 MB]

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