Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

, Volume 26, Issue 2–3, pp 153–163 | Cite as

Monitoring the urban forest: Case studies and evaluations

  • F. A. Baker


Urban forestry is a new science, with monitoring techniques that are still evolving. Tree inventory is most commonly practiced, but we are learning to better monitor the benefits and liabilities provided by urban trees. These results are often for political, social, and biological purposes. Although most monitoring is done at the project or local level, examples of state and national projects are given. Quality control procedures are infrequently used, but could substantially improve the accuracy of data collected.


Quality Control Environmental Management Local Level Control Procedure Urban Forest 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. A. Baker
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  1. 1.Department of Forest ResourcesUtah State UniversityLoganUSA

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