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Title: A practical approach to assessing structure, function, and value of street tree populations in small communities

Authors: Maco, S.E.; McPherson, E.G.

Date: 2003

Source Journal of Arboriculture. 29(2): 84-97

Abstract: 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, California, U.S., 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. Results indicate that Davis maintained nearly 24,000 public street trees that provided $1.2 million in net annual environmental and property value benefits, with a benefit–cost ratio of 3.8:1. The city can improve long-term stability of this resource by managing maintenance, new plantings, and stand rejuvenation on a city zone basis.

Keywords: urban forest valuation, urban forest, management, street tree inventory

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    Maco, S.E.; McPherson, E.G. 2003. A practical approach to assessing structure, function, and value of street tree populations in small communities. Journal of Arboriculture. 29(2): 84-97.
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