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    Author(s): B.C. ​Scharenbroch; L.A. Roman; E.G. McPherson; J. Bartens; D. Boyer
    Date: 2014
    Source: Arborist News. 23(6): 54-55.
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Northern Research Station
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    Dr. Leopold is correct in that a tree can be planted with only a shovel. However, we all know that if that tree is to survive and thrive in the built environment, it will need much more. Tree growth and longevity depends on so many factors, from management considerations, like proper planting and long-term care and pruning cycles, to environmental factors, like site conditions and species tolerances. If arborists, urban forest managers, and communities are to be successful in stewardship of urban trees, then we need more than a shovel and possibly more than an act of creation from a poet or god.

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    ​Scharenbroch, B.C.; Roman, L.A.; McPherson, E.G.; Bartens, J.; Boyer, D. 2014. The pulse of the urban forest working group focused on urban tree growth and longevity. Arborist News. 23(6): 54-55.

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