Research Topics Urban Forestry
Urban Forest Research
Our research demonstrates new ways in which trees add value to communities.
We convert our results into real dollars and cents
in order to stimulate more investment in trees.
Using our research results, we create new methods
and strategies for managing and caring for community
forests to help managers optimize the benefits
and investment value of their community forest.
Areas of research
Most of our research falls into four major categories:
benefits and costs, energy conservation, air
quality, and water resources. However,
we are not limited to those four categories.
Additional research focuses on tree stewardship, biometrics,
infrastructure conflicts, and urban-wildland
Emissions from energy use and atmospheric carbon dioxide are shown to contribute to the greenhouse effect and global warming.
Benefits & Costs
Research that quantifies the net benefits of municipal forests, as well as tree planting and stewardship programs is essential in an era of dwindling financial resources.
The benefits provided by an urban tree, such as energy conservation and improved air quality, are dependent on the size of the tree.
Quantification of energy benefits is an important part of our research. Healthy urban forests have the ability to drastically cut heating and air conditioning costs.
Trees need space to grow. With cities struggling to accommodate the needs of increasing populations, tree space is a precious commodity.
Stewardship of urban trees is necessary to maintain and improve urban forest health.
Urbanization of rural areas creates a plethora of problems, ranging from increased pollution from cars to wildlife habitat destruction from new construction.
Water quality improvements are one of the main benefits provided by trees. Tree crowns intercept rainfall, thereby reducing the amount of runoff.