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Risk governance and equity in urban forest management
Urban tree values have been successfully communicated through ecosystem services accounting, plant appraisal, and communications campaigns. However, sometimes such efforts fail in their desired impact, possibly because they do not always take into account the experiences, values, and cultures of diverse community members. This presentation describes a research project in which city government, a community organization, the US Forest Service, and a university collaborated to explore how local values and attitudes affected perceptions of risks and benefits of trees in an historically African American neighborhood. The project’s goal is to help urban tree managers communicate the values of trees to diverse communities and improve benefits of their urban forest.

Dec 6, 2022 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Jason Gordon, PhD
Associate Professor of Community Forestry @The University of Georgia, Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources
Tawanna Mattox, PhD
Director of Community Education and Empowerment @Athens Land Trust
Alexis Martin
Graduate Research Assistant @The University of Georgia