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National Forest Health Monitoring Program Wisconsin Street Tree Assessment 2002-2003, NA-FR-02-08 Brief

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Cumming, Anne Buckelew; Twardus, Daniel; Hoehn, Robert; Nowak, David; Mielke, Manfred; Rideout, Richard; Butalla, Helen; Lebow, Patricia

Year Published

2008

Publication

United States Department of Agriculture
Forest Service
Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry
NA-FR-02-08 Brief

Abstract

Street trees grow along roadways within the public right-ofway. They are an important part of the urban forest due to their visibility to motorists and pedestrians, even if their numbers represent a small fraction of trees in urban areas. Little data are available that describe this resource at a large, statewide scale. Street trees, a subpopulation of the urban forest, were chosen for this project because:

  • Their proximity to commercial districts puts them at high risk to invasive pests.
  • Their proximity to nonpoint source air pollution generated by cars and trucks makes them important for improving air quality.
  • Their proximity to stormwater runoff pathways makes them an important component in stormwater management and water quality in urban areas.
  • They are the most visible element of the urban forest.
  • Their proximity to roads, sidewalks, and parking lot surfaces makes them a key moderator of temperatures.
  • They are frequently managed by public agencies.
In Wisconsin, 891 street-side assessment plots were established throughout urban areas as a jointly funded, U.S. Forest Service? Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources project. Data were collected to describe the structure and characteristics of street trees and to estimate their functions and values statewide. The project will establish baseline data, with the intent to remeasure the plots over time. These remeasurements will allow us to learn about changes in the structure and function of the street tree component of the urban forest and what caused them.
(National Forest Health Monitoring Program Wisconsin Street Tree Assessment 2002-2003, NA-FR-02-08, Full Report)

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Cumming, Anne Buckelew; Twardus, Daniel; Hoehn, Robert; Nowak, David; Mielke, Manfred; Rideout, Richard; Butalla, Helen; Lebow, Patricia 2008. National Forest Health Monitoring Program Wisconsin Street Tree Assessment 2002-2003, NA-FR-02-08 Brief. United States Department of Agriculture
Forest Service
Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry
NA-FR-02-08 Brief

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