Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs: Preparing Indiana Urban Forests for Environmental Change

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This project is headed by Dr. Burney Fischer and Donovan Moxley of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Its purpose is to Identify the “best” Indiana urban forestry programs with respect to preparedness for environmental change and describe for other cities how to go about following these models.

Project Area

The project will be implemented within a variety of urban areas across the state of Indiana. These urban areas selected are or have been designated as "Tree City USA participants" and organized by size, ranging from First Class City (for larger, more populous urban areas) to Town (for smaller, less populous urban areas). For more information on the locations of participant cities and rankings, see the map to the right.

Management Goals

The purposes and goals for this project include: 1. Identify the “best” Indiana urban forestry programs with respect to preparedness for environmental change 2. Describe for other cities how to go about following models of best-prepared cities

 

Generally, the researchers anticipate that Tree City USA participants are more likely on the modeled path shown, which will likely be the most common and straightforward path to preparing urban forests for environmental change. An urban forest inventory – particularly a street tree inventory – will be a crucial tool for developing a meaningful urban forest plan, and that plan should explicitly address adaptation actions (see section below) which the city urban forestry program can put into effect. Ideal units of analysis, the middle steps in the model are among the most documentable in addition to being necessary for thoughtful response to environmental change.

Adaptation Actions

Currently, adaptation actions are expected to address three primary topics:

  1. Species diversity
  2. Size structure
  3. New species introduction

Specific adaptation actions will be worked out as the project moves into the planning stage.

In addition, the researchers hope to find examples of:

1. Adaption actions that will help cities address key climate impacts

2. Ideas that are new or different from the “business as usual” management approach

3. Planning for resistance, resilience, and/or transition to anticipated change

 

Next Steps

This project is in the beginning stages of research.

Learn More

To learn more about this project, contact Leslie

Keywords

Landscape-scale planning, Management plan, Research, Urban

Last Updated

Tuesday, March 13, 2018