Pretty much every academic paper I’ve ever read on the values of urban forests, whether they be economic, environmental or social, has had urban forester Greg McPherson as a co-author. So, I wasn’t surprised to hear him talking about urban forests on EarthSky earlier this week. He mentions the benefits urban forests bring to cities, but emphasizes the need for taking care of these forests over the long haul.
“Too often in the past, urban forests have been a short-term thing, where there hasn’t been a commitment and an interest to creating an enduring value through tree planting and stewardship.”
I’d like to emphasize the “in the past” part of his claim — the development of 20-year Forest Management Plans and the overall success of the Green Cities programs shows that values are changing to emphasize stewardship and longevity.