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FORUM: Challenges and future directions in urban afforestation

EE Oldfield, RJ Warren, AJ Felson, MA Bradford

Journal of Applied Ecology | Published : 2013


Summary: Mature urban trees improve air quality, reduce storm water run-off and sequester carbon. Municipal agencies establish forests of native juvenile trees to enhance these and other ecosystem services to cities. Little data exist, however, regarding whether these trees will form mature, native forests. We review urban forestry research that deals specifically with the growth, survival and recruitment of new native urban forests and use these data to identify knowledge gaps and propose research needed to create and maintain native urban forests. Experimental urban forestry studies are few and most are of durations ≤5 years, shorter than the 10-25 year time frame required to understand fo..

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