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Niches in the urban forest: Organizations and their role in acquiring metropolitan open space.Author(s): Jane A. Ruliffson; Paul H. Gobster; Robert G. Haight; Francis R. Homans
Source: Journal of Forestry: 100(6):16-23.
Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Station: North Central Research Station
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DescriptionAs 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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CitationRuliffson, 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.
Keywordsopen space, urban forestry, urbanization
- Forestry in urban and urbanizing areas of the United States; connecting people with forest in the 21st century
- Protecting open space in and around the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area
- Urban ecological stewardship: understanding the structure, function and network of community-based urban land management
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