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Integrating Experts, Communities, and Online Resources for Equitably Expanding Urban Tree Canopy

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Sustaining Urban Places Research Lab, Portland State University

Integrating Experts, Communities, and Online Resources for Equitably Expanding Urban Tree Canopy
January 11, 2017

Angie DiSalvo, Portland Parks & Recreation
Vivek Shandas, Portland State University

The availability of online mapping resources and "big data" on cities offers an approach to address challenges in inequitable distribution of urban tree canopy, as well as waning community engagement in tree canopy management and expansion. One of the biggest impediments to executing an effective urban forestry management plan is the integration of expert systems, such as data resources and analytics, with community-led efforts. Using the case of Portland, Oregon, this webinar will provide context for assembling city-scale programs that enable community groups, researchers, and city staff to advance urban canopy management and expansion. Angie DiSalvo will present the context for the City of Portland's urban canopy management, including a description of the structure and findings from a volunteer tree inventory, policy changes, and the challenges and opportunities for urban canopy stewardship. Vivek Shandas will then share an overview of the expert data systems that support the expansion of tree canopy and availability of online resources that support community activism. Together they will describe an emerging partnership between city and university that fulfills legal mandates and addresses inequitable distribution of canopy, and describe processes for integrating datasets and university students in the creation of an urban tree planting strategy.

Presentations

View the webinar podcast »

Integrating Experts, Communities, and Online Resources for Equitably Expanding Urban Tree Canopy (PDF; 2.9 MB)
Angie DiSalvo
Outreach and Science Supervisor
Portland Parks & Recreation

Experts and Online Resources for Equitably Expanding Urban Tree Canopy (PDF; 6.8 MB)
Vivek Shandas
Professor, Urban Studies and Planning
Portland State University

Resources

Resources Mentioned in the Webinar

Portland (OR) Tree Inventory Project
Through the Tree Inventory Project, the City of Portland, Oregon, is helping Portlanders take action to improve their community's street trees, one neighborhood at a time.

Trees and Health App
A generic online platform that overlays urban heat islands (30m resolution) and traffic-related air quality with three socio-demographics for 14 urban areas in the United States. The app allows users to identify areas of need and prioritize tree plantings at the neighborhood scale.

Canopy Story App
A "Pinterest" for trees in the Portland metro region. Users can log in (using Google or Facebook) and provide a story for specific trees -- all trees contain a specific ID and are above 50ft tall.

US Forest Service Resources

Urban Tree Canopy (UTC) Tools
The aim of urban tree canopy (UTC) tools is to help decision makers understand their urban forest resources and prioritize tree planting efforts.

Urban Research: Environmental Justice
Through research, partnerships, and community engagement, Forest Service scientists are working to eliminate environmental disparities in urban places, advance environmental literacy, and help cities provide new opportunities to low-income and disadvantaged residents.