Managing Urban Ecosystems A Look to the Future of Urban Forestry

  • L. Robert Neville

Abstract

Near the close of the 19th century the American conservation community, led by Gifford Pinchot, was discussing the need for scientific management of forests and related natural resources. The primary concerns at that time were destructive and wasteful timber-harvesting practices and the need for a sustained yield policy (Pinchot, 1947). Urbanization was not an issue. Nineteenth-century cities were very compact in form due to the constraints of transportation and access. It is understandable, therefore, that urban growth was not perceived by Pinchot as a threat to the long-term viability and productivity of forests. Now, in retrospect, as we approach a new millennium, it has become obvious that a century of unparalleled population growth and urbanization has had an extremely detrimental impact on the natural systems and processes that sustain life on this planet. Forests in the heavily populated regions of the Northeast have been decimated and in many places can no longer maintain their functional efficiency in stabilizing soil, purifying water and air, and sustaining biological diversity.

Keywords

Europe Transportation Sedimentation Assure Reme 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Robert Neville
    • 1
  1. 1.Wolfe Mason AssociatesHamptonUSA

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