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    Author(s): Jane A. Ruliffson; Paul H. GobsterRobert G. Haight; Francis R. Homans
    Date: 2002
    Source: Journal of Forestry: 100(6):16-23.
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: North Central Research Station
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    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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    Ruliffson, Jane A.; Gobster, Paul H.; Haight, Robert G.; Homans, Francis R. 2002. Niches in the urban forest: Organizations and their role in acquiring metropolitan open space. Journal of Forestry: 100(6):16-23.


    open space, urban forestry, urbanization

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