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Pacific Southwest Research Station

 

Pacific Southwest Research Station
800 Buchanan Street
West Annex Building
Albany, CA 94710-0011

(510) 559-6300

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Urban Ecosystems and Social Dynamics

Urban Ecosystems and Processes

Tree Guides

Our Tree Guides identify and describe the benefits and costs of planting trees in a specific climate zone to assist community officials and tree managers increase public awareness and support for tree programs. They answer a number of questions about the environmental and aesthetic benefits community trees provide:

  • What is their potential to improve environmental quality, conserve energy, and add value to communities?
  • Where should residential and public trees be placed to maximize their cost-effectiveness?
  • Which tree species will minimize conflicts with powerlines, sidewalks, and buildings?

Printed copies of the Interior West, Temperate Interior West, Northeast, Piedmont, Coastal Plain, and Midwest Tree Guides can be ordered here. Printed copies of the Desert Southwest Tree Guide can be ordered by contacting the Office of the State Forester of Arizona (602-771-1400, louisewakem@azstatefire.org). The other, earlier Tree Guides are only available in digital form.


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McPherson, E.G., J.R. Simpson, P.J. Peper, S.E. Maco, S.L. Gardner, S.K. Cozad, and Q. Xiao.. 2006. Midwest Community Tree Guide: Benefits, Costs and Strategic Planting PSW-GTR-199. USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Albany, CA - View Document [2.63 MB]

E.G. McPherson, J.R. Simpson, P.J. Peper, Maco, S.E., Gardner, S.L., Vargas, K.E., and Q. Xiao. 2006. Piedmont Community Tree Guide: Benefits, Costs, and Strategic Planting PSW-GTR 200. USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Albany, CA - View Document [3.83 MB]

McPherson, E. Gregory; Simpson, James R.; Peper, Paula. J.; Crowell, Aaron M.N.; Xiao, Qingfu. April 2010. Northern California coast community tree guide: benefits, costs, and strategic planting. PSW-GTR-228. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-228. Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station. - View Document [2.96 MB]

McPherson, E.G., J.R. Simpson, P.J. Peper and Q. Xiao. 1999. Tree Guidelines for San Joaquin Valley Communities. Sacramento, CA: Local Government Commission - View Document [1.18 MB]

McPherson, E.G., J.R. Simpson, P.J. Peper, K.I. Scott and Q. Xiao. 2000. Tree Guidelines for Coastal Southern California Communities. Sacramento, CA: Local Government Commission - View Document [1.75 MB]

McPherson, E.G., J.R. Simpson, P.J. Peper, Q. Xiao, D.R. Pittenger and D.R. Hodel. 2001. Tree Guidelines for Inland Empire Communities. Sacramento, CA: Local Government Commission - View Document [2.08 MB]

McPherson, E.G., J.R. Simpson, P.J. Peper, Q. Xiao, S.E. Maco, and P.J. Hoefer. 2003. Northern Mountain and Prairie Community Tree Guide: Benefits, Costs and Strategic Planting. Center for Urban Forest Research, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station - View Document [3.9 MB]

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]

McPherson, E.G., S.E. Maco, J.R. Simpson, P.J. Peper, Q. Xiao, A.M. VanDerZanden and N. Bell. 2002. Western Washington and Oregon Community Tree Guide: Benefits, Costs, and Strategic Planting. Silverton, OR: International Society of Arboriculture, Pacific Northwest - View Document [2.93 MB]

McPherson, E.G., Simpson, J.R., Peper, P.J., Gardner, S.L., Vargas, K.E., Maco, S.E., Xiao, Q. 2006. Coastal Plain Community Tree Guide: Benefits, Costs, and Strategic Planting PSW-GTR-201. USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station, Albany, CA - View Document [3.43 MB]

McPherson, E.G.; Simpson, J.R.; Peper, P.J.; Gardner, S.L.; Vargas, K.E.; Xiao, Q. 2007. Northeast community tree guide: benefits, costs, and strategic planting. - View Document [4.24 MB]

Peper, P.J.; McPherson, E.G.; Simpson, J.R.; Vargas, K.E.; Xiao Q. March 2009. Lower Midwest community tree guide: benefits, costs, and strategic planting. PSW-GTR-219. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-219. Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station - View Document [5.62 MB]

Peper, Paula J.; McPherson, E. Gregory; Simpson, James R.; Albers, Shannon N.; Xiao, Qingfu. 2010. Central Florida community tree guide: benefits, costs, and strategic planting. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-230. Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station. - View Document [2.61 MB]

Vargas KE, McPherson EG, Simpson JR, Peper PJ, Gardner SL, Xiao Q. November 2007. Interior West Tree Guide. - View Document [4.24 MB]

Vargas KE, McPherson EG, Simpson JR, Peper PJ, Gardner SL, Xiao Q. November 2007. Temperate Interior West Community Tree Guide: Benefits, Costs, and Strategic Planting. - View Document [3.65 MB]

Vargas, K.E.; McPherson, E.G.; Simpson, J.R.; Peper, P.J.; Gardner, S.L.; Xiao Q. November 2008. Tropical community tree guide: benefits, costs, and strategic planting. PSW-GTR-216. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-216. Albany, CA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station - View Document [4.24 MB]

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