Connecting Policies to Actions for Creating Just, Biodiverse, and Climate-Resilient Urban Forests

This project is investigating how to create just, biodiverse, and climate-resilient urban forests in response to recent decreases in urban forest cover and ongoing environmental challenges.

Urban forests in the U.S. have declined, are inequitably distributed, vulnerable to climate change and pests, and are inadequate to provide essential ecosystem services such as urban heat island mitigation and enhancing urban biodiversity. This project seeks to connect geospatial analysis, alternative futures modeling, public and private tree program policy analysis, and community and stakeholder engagement to reveal barriers and test management alternatives to creating just, biodiverse, and climate-resilient urban forests.

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Mehdi Heris

Mehdi Heris
Assistant Professor of Urban Policy and Planning, Hunter College

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