Dana R. Fisher, Erika S. Svendsen, James Connolly: Urban Environmental Stewardship and Civic Engagement; How Planting Trees Strengthens the Roots of Democracy
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I have worked in the area of urban environmental stewardship for a number of years and often wonder about the larger importance of small-scale “civic ecology practices” such as community gardening, Landcare and friends of parks groups, and volunteer tree planting. So I was thrilled to see Fisher et al. 2015 book Urban Environmental Stewardship and Civic Engagement. The authors, Dana Fisher of the University of Maryland, Erika Svendsen of the US Forest Service Urban Field Station in New York City, and James Connolly of Northeastern University, set out to understand urban tree planting programs within two contexts: contemporary city sustainability initiatives, and a 20-year trend of declining, or perhaps changing, forms of civic participation in the US. The authors focus more specifically on volunteers engaged in planting and caring for trees as part of New York’s MillionTreesNYC initiative, and how tree stewardship volunteerism is linked to other forms of civic participation.
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