Date of Award

2013

Degree Type

Report

Degree Name

Master of Natural Resources (MNR)

Department

Natural Resources

First Advisor

Fred Baker

Abstract

Although essential in an urban forest, street trees create numerous challenges for municipalities as well as private owners. Lack of species diversity is usually pronounced. In addition, inappropriate species are commonly planted along streets. Selection of street trees should follow established percentage guidelines for tree species, genera, and family in order to maintain diversity when planting in a municipality. Numerous variables such as proximity to buildings or vehicular traffic, soil area, exposure, and road salt usage should also be considered when planting any tree. Planting a diverse urban forest with the right tree in the right place can enhance a city streetscape and reduce the long-term cost of tree replacement and maintenance. Key Words. Street trees, species diversity, location considerations.

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