Journal article

Patterns of tree removal and canopy change on public and private land in the City of Melbourne

Thami Croeser, Camilo Ordonez, Caragh Threlfall, Dave Kendal, Rodney van der Ree, David Callow, Stephen J Livesley



Many cities face a struggle to reconcile ambitious tree canopy cover targets with urban development pressures. Canopy cover in The City of Melbourne, Australia, which has a target of 40 % canopy cover on public land by 2040, was analysed together with individual tree removal data, with particular focus on how many street trees were removed near major development sites between 2008 and 2017. We observed major gains and losses of canopy, resulting in small net changes. Our analyses showed a net gain in tree canopy cover in public streets and a net loss of canopy cover in public parks and private properties. The most frequently removed trees in both public parks and streets were small (<15 cm s..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council (ARC)

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was made possible by funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Partnership grant #LP160100780 - Managing urban trees for people and wildlife. We also thank the City of Ballarat,City of Hume,City of Melbourne, andCity of Moreland for their support. Authors C. Threlfall and D. Kendal were supported by the Australian Government's National Environmental Science Program through the Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub (CAUL).