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    Author(s): Lea R. Johnson; Michelle L. Johnson; Myla F. J. Aronson; Lindsay K. Campbell; Megan E. Carr; Mysha Clarke; Vincent D’Amico; Lindsay Darling; Tedward Erker; Robert T. Fahey; Kristen L. King; Katherine Lautar; Dexter H. Locke; Anita T. Morzillo; Stephanie Pincetl; Luke Rhodes; John Paul Schmit; Lydia Scott; Nancy F. Sonti
    Date: 2020
    Source: Urban Ecosystems
    Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)
    Station: Northern Research Station
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    We introduce a conceptual model of the urban forest patch as a complex social-ecological system, incorporating cross-scale interactions. We developed this model through an interdisciplinary process engaging social and ecological scientists and urban land management decision makers, with a focus on temperate forest social-ecological systems. In this paper, we place the production and management of urban forest patches in historical perspective, present a conceptual model of urban forest patches within a broader regional context, and identify a series of research questions to highlight future directions for research on urban forest patches. This conceptual model identifies how spatial and temporal social-ecological drivers interact with patch-level conditions at multiple scales. Our integrative approach can provide insights into the role of social-ecological drivers in shaping forest health, biodiversity, and benefits forest patches provide to people in urban and urbanizing regions, with direct implications for decision-making to improve management outcomes.

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    Johnson, Lea R.; Johnson, Michelle L.; Aronson, Myla F. J.; Campbell, Lindsay K.; Carr, Megan E.; Clarke, Mysha; D’Amico, Vincent; Darling, Lindsay; Erker, Tedward; Fahey, Robert T.; King, Kristen L.; Lautar, Katherine; Locke, Dexter H.; Morzillo, Anita T.; Pincetl, Stephanie; Rhodes, Luke; Schmit, John Paul; Scott, Lydia; Sonti, Nancy F. 2020. Conceptualizing social-ecological drivers of change in urban forest patches. Urban Ecosystems. 125: 254-.


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    Urban woodland, Social-ecological system, Drivers of change, Urban landscape, Interdisciplinary research, Conceptual model

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