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Pacific Southwest Research Station

 

Pacific Southwest Research Station
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Urban Ecosystems and Social Dynamics

Urban Ecosystems and Processes

Best of the West Summit

Summary

The Best of the West Summit served as a venue for representatives from foundations, corporations, non-profit organizations, government agencies and private citizens to explore problems and solutions in the areas of: public policy, research, and management.


Years of Research:  1997-1999

Funded by: 
Major Sponsors:
Western Chapter, International Society of Arboriculture, USDA Forest Service, Region 5, Urban and Community Forestry, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station
Corporate Sponsors:
ACRT Environmental Specialists, Inc., Asplundh Tree Experts, Davey Resource Group, Gallo Wine Co., Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
Other Sponsors:
San Francisco Friends of the Urban Forest; California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection; Council of Western State Foresters; University of California, Davis, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Cooperators:  University of Washington, HortScience, Inc., California Releaf, TreeLink, Pacific Northwest Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, Montana State Forestry, Western Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, Sacramento Tree Foundation

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. Peper, P.J. and P.A. Barker. 1993. A buyer's guide to root barriers. In: Watson, G. and D. Neely. The landscape below ground; proceedings of an international workshop on tree root development in urban soils; 1993 September 30-October 1. Savoy, IL: International Society of Arboriculture :186-193 - View Document [392.74 KB]

  4. 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]

  5. 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]

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

  7. 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]

  8. 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]

  9. 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]

  10. City of Sacramento Planning Department. 2002. City of Sacramento parking lot tree shading design and maintenance guidelines. Sacramento, CA: City of Sacramento Planning Department - View Website

  11. Kadota, M., D. Kerr, J. Fites, E. G. McPherson. 2005. Collaboration on Hazardous Fuel Treatment Projects for Community Protection-Incline Village, Nevada. Internal Report. CUFR-10. USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Center for Urban Forest Research. 10: 1-9 - View Document [1.15 MB]

  12. Peper, P.J. 1998. Comparison of root barriers installed at two depths for reduction of White Mulberry roots in the soil surface. In: Watson, G.W. and D. Neely, (eds). The landscape below ground II: proceedings of an international workshop on tree root development in urban soils; 1998; San Francisco. Champaign, IL: International Society of Arboriculture :82-93 - View Document [46.86 KB]

  13. McPherson, E.G. and P.J. Peper. 2000. Costs due to conflicts between street tree root growth and hardscape. In: Costello, L., E.G. McPherson, D.W. Burger and L. Dodge, (eds). Proceedings of the symposium on strategies to reduce infrastructure damage by tree roots. Cohasset, CA: Western Chapter, International Society of Arboriculture :15-18 - View Document [299.65 KB]

  14. McPherson, E.G. and P.J. Peper. 1996. Costs of street tree damage to infrastructure. Arboricultural Journal. 20 :143-160 - View Document [908.58 KB]

  15. Sacamano, P.L., E.G. McPherson, J. Myhre, M. Stankovich, R.C. Weih. 1995. Describing urban forest cover: an evaluation of airborne videography. Journal of Forestry. 93 :43-48 - View Document [1.1 MB]

  16. 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]

  17. 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]

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

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

  20. McPherson, E.G. 2000. Expenditures associated with conflicts between street tree root growth and hardscape in California. Journal of Arboriculture. 26(6) :289-297 - View Document [969.71 KB]

  21. 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]

  22. Scott, K., J. Simpson and E.G. McPherson. 1999. Green parking lots: can trees improve air quality?. In: McPherson, E.G. and S. Mathis, (eds). Proceedings of the best of the West summit; 1998; San Francisco. Davis: UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences :86-87 - View Document [351.58 KB]

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

  24. 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]

  25. Kadota, M., D. Kerr, J. Fites, E. G. McPherson. 2005. Hazardous Fuel Treatment Projects for Community Protection-Shingletown, California. Internal Report CUFR-9. USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Center for Urban Forest Research. 9: 1-10 - View Document [611.94 KB]

  26. 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]

  27. McPherson, E.G. and P.J. Peper. 1996. Infrastructure repair costs associated with street trees in 15 cities. In: Watson, G.W. and D. Neely (eds). Trees and building sites. Savoy, IL: International Society of Arboriculture :49-63 - View Document [949.75 KB]

  28. 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]

  29. 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]

  30. Barker, P.A. 1995. Managed development of tree roots I: ultra-deep rootball and root barrier effects on European Hackberry. Journal of Arboriculture. 21(4) :202-208 - View Document [1.28 MB]

  31. Barker, P.A. 1995. Managed development of tree roots II: ultra-deep rootball and root barrier effects on Southwestern Black Cherry. Journal of Arboriculture. 21(5) :251-259 - View Document [867.74 KB]

  32. Ustin, S.L. and Q.F. Xiao. 2001. Mapping successional boreal forests in interior central Alaska. International Journal of Remote Sensing 22(9) :1779-1797 - View Document [1.35 MB]

  33. Nowak, D.J., R.A. Rowntree, E.G. McPherson, S.M. Sisinni, E. Kerkmann and J.C. Stevens. 1996. Measuring and analyzing urban tree cover. Landscape and Urban Planning. 36 :49-57 - View Document [1.17 MB]

  34. 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]

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

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

  37. 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]

  38. McPherson, E.G. 1993. Monitoring urban forest health. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 26 :165-174 - View Document [651.24 KB]

  39. 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]

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

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

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

  43. McPherson, E.G. 1999. Parking lot shade tree inspection and monitoring guide. Davis, CA: USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Center for Urban Forest Research

  44. Salwasser, H. and E.G. McPherson. 1999. Perspectives on research and development needs in urban and community forestry. In: McPherson, E.G. and S. Mathis, (eds). Proceedings of the best of the West summit; 1998; San Francisco. Davis: UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences :66-71 - View Document [582.16 KB]

  45. 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

  46. McPherson, E.G. and S. Mathis (eds). 1999. Proceedings of the Best of the West summit; 1998; San Francisco. Davis, CA: UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences - View Document [567.73 KB]

  47. Costello, L.R. and K.S. Jones. 2003. Reducing Infrastructure Damage by Tree Roots - A Compendium of Strategies. For information about ordering this publication contact: Western Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture (WCISA), 235 Hollow Oak Drive, Cohasset, CA 95973 (530) 892-1118

  48. McPherson, E.G., L.R. Costello, E. Perry, and P.J. Peper. 2000. Reducing tree root damage to sidewalks in California communities: a collaborative study. In: Dodge, L., (ed). Report of the Elvenia J. Slosson Fund for Ornamental Horticulture; 1998-1999. Davis: UC Davis Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources :8-12 - View Document [< 1 KB]

  49. Geiger, J.R.. 2006. Renaissance of America’s Elms. Center for Urban Forest Research, Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service - View Document [225.25 KB]

  50. 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]

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

  52. Peper, P.J. and S. Mori. 1999. Root barrier and extension effects on Chinese Hackberry. Journal of Arboriculture. 25(1) :1-8 - View Document [65.29 KB]

  53. McPherson, E.G. 2001. Sacramento's parking lot shading ordinance: environmental and economic costs of compliance. Landscape and Urban Planning. 57 :105-123 - View Document [1.65 MB]

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

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

  56. 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]

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

  58. McPherson, E.G., L.R. Costello and D.W. Burger. 2001. Space wars: can trees win the battle with infrastructure?. Arborist News. 10(3) :21-24 - View Document [645.87 KB]

  59. Barker, P.A. and P.J. Peper. 1995. Strategies to prevent damage to sidewalks by tree roots. Arboricultural Journal. 19 :295-309 - View Document [1004.59 KB]

  60. Costello, L.R., E.G. McPherson, D.W. Burger, E.J. Perry and D. Kelly. 2002. [in press]. Strategy to Reduce Infrastructure Damage by Tree Roots: A Symposium for Researchers and Practitioners. Urban Ecosystems - View Document [81.48 KB]

  61. 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]

  62. Peper, P.J. and E.G. McPherson. 1997. Street trees and urban infrastructure: getting at the root of the problem. Arborist News. 6(2) :34-35 - View Document [499.07 KB]

  63. McPherson, E.G. and J. Lichter. 1998. Synopsis of tree root response to circling root barriers. Western Arborist. 25 :40-41 - View Document [263.89 KB]

  64. 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]

  65. 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]

  66. 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

  67. 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]

  68. Linsen, L; Karis, B.J.; McPherson, E.G.; Hamann, B. 2005. Tree Growth Visualization. In: Skala, V. (ed) Proceedings of the 13th International Conference in Central Europe on Computer Graphics, Visualization and Computer Vision 2005 - WSCG 2005, UNION Agency - Science Press, Plzen, Czech Republic :8 pp - View Document [658.17 KB]

  69. Linsen, L., B.J. Karis, E.G. McPherson, B. Hammann. 2005. Tree Growth Visualization. = Download File

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

  71. Linsen, L., Karis, B.J., McPherson, E.G., and B. Hamann. 2005. Tree growth visualization. The Journal of WSCG 13 :81-88 - View Document [574.76 KB]

  72. Randrup, T.B., E.G. McPherson and L.R. Costello. 2001. Tree root intrusion in sewer systems: review of extent and costs. Journal of Infrastructure Systems. 7(1) :26-31 - View Document [760.86 KB]

  73. 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]

  74. 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]

  75. 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]

  76. 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]

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

  78. 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]

  79. 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]

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

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

  82. McHale, M.R, I.C. Burke; M.A. Lefsky; P.J. Peper and E.G. McPherson. 2009. Urban forest biomass estimates: is it important to use allometric relationships developed specifically for urban trees? . Urban Ecosystems :12:95-113

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

  84. 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]

  85. Xiao, Q., S.L. Ustin, and E.G. McPherson. 2004. Using AVIRIS data and multiple-masking techniques to map urban forest trees species. International Journal of Remote Sensing 25(24): 5637-5654 - View Document [832.53 KB]

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

  87. 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]

  88. Geiger, J.R. 2005. ecoSmart Design Software: a Precision Landscape Evaluation Tool. Davis, CA: Center for Urban Forest Research, Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service; 1p. Computer model summary - View Document [274.74 KB]

  89. Geiger, J.R. 2005. ecoSmart-Fire: A Component of ecoSmart Design Software. Davis, CA: Center for Urban Forest Research, Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service; 1p. Computer model summary

  90. 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]

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

  92. 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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