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Title: Niches in the urban forest: Organizations and their role in acquiring metropolitan open space.
Author: Ruliffson, Jane A.; Gobster, Paul H.; Haight, Robert G.; Homans, Francis R.
Publication: Journal of Forestry: 100(6):16-23.
Key Words: open space, urban forestry, urbanization
Abstract: As a response strategy to minimize the impacts of urban sprawl, public and private organizations are striving to acquire open lands that will contribute to a resilient and multifunctional urban forest. In the Chicago metropolitan region, we interviewed representatives of 15 organizations to understand the land acquisition process--the structures and functions of groups involved, their acquisition goals, and the cooperation among groups as they work to build metropolitan green infrastructure. Our findings reveal strength in diversity--a variety of groups working at different levels with complimentary goals can help meet the complex challenges of land protection in rapidly urbanizing areas.
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