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The influence of emotional and conditional motivations on gardeners’ participation in community (allotment) gardens
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Publication date: June 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 42Author(s): Jae Ho Lee, David Matarrita-CascanteAbstractDespite the benefits of participating in community gardens, motivations that influence gardeners’ participation in gardening activities is largely unexplored. The goal of the study is to quantitatively examine, beyond the commonly known functional motivations, the individual impact of emotional and conditional motivations on gardening participation. To reach our goal, a web-based survey and on-site surveys were administered to 180 gardeners in three...
Present and future ecosystem services of trees in the Bronx, NY
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Publication date: June 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 42Author(s): Charity Nyelele, Charles N. Kroll, David J. NowakAbstractTrees provide ecosystem services such as air pollutant removal, carbon storage and sequestration, urban heat island reduction, stormwater runoff reduction as well as other socio-economic benefits. Large-scale tree plantings are occurring in many cities to increase tree canopy coverage as well as the health, economic and environmental benefits that come with trees. Thus, there is a need to assess the extent to which trees provide these ecosystem...
What makes urban greenspace unique – Relationships between citizens’ perceptions on unique urban nature, biodiversity and environmental factors
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Publication date: June 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 42Author(s): Yuan Wang, David J. Kotze, Kati Vierikko, Jari NiemeläAbstractMaintaining urban greenspace is important for stimulating diverse human-nature interactions. Yet, which greenspace to prioritize for conservation under threat of urban densification is a major planning challenge. Besides ecological knowledge and objective use, people’s subjective perception or opinion of urban greenspace has been emphasized in assessing the conservation value of urban greenspace and guiding present-day urban planning...
Interactions between the invasive Schinus molle (Peruvian pepper tree) with six plant species commonly found in Southern California nature reserves
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Publication date: Available online 23 May 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban GreeningAuthor(s): David C. Bañuelas, Erin J. Questad, Edward G. BobichAbstractSince Schinus molle (Peruvian pepper tree) was brought to Southern California, the dioecious tree has been widely adopted in urban forests and has become invasive. Prior to our study, it was unknown whether S. molle influences plant species in its understory through allelopathy as it does in other geographic areas. The present study sought to determine if S. molle has negative effects on three native and three non-native, invasive...
Leaf and male cone phenophases of Chinese pine (Pinus tabulaeformis Carr.) along a rural-urban gradient in Beijing, China
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Publication date: Available online 22 May 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban GreeningAuthor(s): Yuebo Su, Xiaoke Wang, Xuming Wang, Bowen Cui, Xu SunAbstractNumerous studies have shown that plant phenology has advanced due to urbanization. However, large uncertainties remain because different indicators and methods have been used to characterize plant phenology. In this study, by means of photograph identification and logistic curve fitting, the phenophases of leaves and male cones of Chinese pine (Pinus tabuliformis Carr.) were divided into seven and six phases, respectively. The...
The influence of urban roadside trees and their physical environment on stress relief measures: A field experiment in Shanghai
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Publication date: Available online 21 May 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban GreeningAuthor(s): Mohamed Elsadek, Binyi Liu, Zefeng Lian, Xie JunfangAbstractIn recent years, the worldwide accelerated rate of urbanization has highlighted the critical necessity of creating more green spaces for the leisure and recreation activities of urban residents. Nevertheless, the human psychological responses to urban roadside trees with different vegetation have not been fully explored. This study investigates the psychological states (mood, anxiety, restorative outcomes and subjective vitality) after...
Frictional properties of arborist rigging blocks
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Publication date: Available online 20 May 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban GreeningAuthor(s): Brian KaneAbstractRigging is a dangerous arboricultural practice that involves working at height with sharp tools; it also induces large forces and dynamic motion of both the rigged piece and the tree itself. Manufacturers have recently developed alternatives to conventional arborist rigging blocks (with a rotating sheave) with the intention of increasing friction in the block to reduce the likelihood of anchor failure in the tree. We measured tension in the fall and lead of rigging ropes run...
Effect of heavy metals and environmental variables on the assimilation of CO2 and stomatal conductance of Ligustrum lucidum, an urban tree from Mexico City
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Publication date: Available online 18 May 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban GreeningAuthor(s): Irma Estefanía García-Sánchez, Víctor L. Barradas, Claudia A. Ponce de León Hill, Manuel Esperón-Rodríguez, Irma Rosas Pérez, Mónica BallinasAbstractUrban trees reduce CO2 and pollutants that represent a risk for human health in cities. In this work, we assessed the potential effect of heavy metals and environmental variables on the CO2 assimilation (A) and the stomatal conductace (gS) of Ligustrum lucidum, a common urban tree in Mexico City. We compared two sites with contrasting...
The effects of meteorological conditions and daylight on nature-based recreational physical activity in England
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Publication date: Available online 17 May 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban GreeningAuthor(s): Lewis R. Elliott, Mathew P. White, Christophe Sarran, James Grellier, Joanne K. Garrett, Enrico Scoccimarro, Alexander J. Smalley, Lora E. FlemingAbstractMeteorological conditions affect people’s outdoor physical activity. However, we know of no previous research into how these conditions affect physical activity in different types of natural environments – key settings for recreational physical activity, but ones which are particularly impacted by meteorological conditions.Using responses...
Fourteen local governance initiatives in greenspace in urban areas in the Netherlands. Discourses, success and failure factors, and the perspectives of local authorities
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Publication date: Available online 8 May 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban GreeningAuthor(s): C.B.E.M. Aalbers, D.A. Kamphorst, F. Langers
Sustainable food production in A temperate climate – A case study analysis of the nutritional yield in a peri-urban food forest
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Publication date: Available online 4 May 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban GreeningAuthor(s): Josefine Lærke Skrøder Nytofte, Christian Bugge HenriksenAbstractFood forestry is an emerging multifunctional perennial polyculture food production system that has the potential to contribute to food security and mitigate malnutrition in urban and peri-urban areas by addressing the three main components of food security: Availability, access and utilisation. Despite this potential to increase food security only very few studies have estimated the food production potential of food forests in a...
Continuing professional education for green infrastructure: Fostering collaboration through interdisciplinary trainings
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Publication date: May 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 41Author(s): Christine Johnson, Jenna H. Tilt, Paul D. Ries, Bruce ShindlerAbstractThe practice of green infrastructure is an evolving field of sustainable planning that often requires collaborative partnerships at the municipal and state levels. Expertise from engineers, land care professionals, planners, and natural resource consultants are often required for successful project implementation. Traditionally, these professionals perform their responsibilities in their disciplinary “silos,” however green...
Exploring visual preferences for structural attributes of urban forest stands for restoration and heat relief
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Publication date: May 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 41Author(s): Martin Ebenberger, Arne ArnbergerAbstractImpacts of heat periods and stressful life increasingly impact urban population. Green infrastructure such as urban forests can reduce heat-related stress and provide a restorative experience. The study explored preferences of 160 urban woodland visitors in Vienna for, and their trade-offs between, structural components of forest stands using a discrete choice experiment with digitally calibrated images. Three different visitor intentions for choosing a forest...
Growth of Samanea saman: Estimated cooling potential of this tree in an urban environment
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Publication date: May 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 41Author(s): Lai Fern Ow, Subhadip Ghosh, Mohamed Lokman Mohd YusofAbstractTrees facilitate cooling of an urban environment through evapotranspiration. Urban trees help mitigate the urban heat island effect. However, urban conditions are often undesirable for tree growth and this negatively impacts on the cooling ability of urban trees. This study investigated foliar and soil characteristics relating to the growth performance of Samanea saman –commonly planted tropical urban tree. The study was conducted on trees...
Optimizing urban greenspace spatial pattern to mitigate urban heat island effects: Extending understanding from local to the city scale
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Publication date: May 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 41Author(s): Xiaoma Li, Weiqi ZhouAbstractOptimizing urban greenspace spatial pattern has been widely recommended to mitigate urban heat island (UHI) effect, mainly based on the statistically significant relationships between temperature and measurements of urban greenspace spatial pattern at local scale within a city. However, the scientific evidence at the city level is scarce, even though the importance of urban greenspace spatial pattern in mitigating UHI effect at the city level has been recognized. This study...
Of bugs and men: How forest pests and their management strategies are perceived by visitors of an urban forest
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Publication date: May 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 41Author(s): Martin Gutsch, Neele Larondelle, Dagmar HaaseAbstractLarger forest patches in urban areas are highly valuable recreation sites that provide the urban population with various ecosystem services. Yet they are highly vulnerable to biological pests, especially in the light of climate change. The growing need to intervene against forest pests needs to be clearly but carefully communicated to the urban forest visitors in order to minimize conflicts. In this paper, a survey with 554 complete responses, conducted...
Modelling the influence of root position and growth on pavement tensile crack failure when occurring under three thicknesses of asphaltic concrete
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Publication date: May 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 41Author(s): Jason Grabosky, Nenad GucunskiAbstractRoot-pavement conflicts are a common challenge in urban forest management. Given the expense of pavement installation and the time needed to develop large trees, there is a preference for modelling design solutions to integrate trees and pavement with shared soil volumes. While Finite Element (FE) models are used in pavement analysis and design, and have been used to describe root growth in soils, there are few examples exploring of integration of the two...
How urban green management is influencing passerine birds’ nesting in the Mediterranean: A case study in a Catalan city
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Publication date: May 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 41Author(s): Jaume Marlès Magre, Martí Boada Juncà, Josep M. Campanera, Albert Bach Pagès, Isabel Ruiz Mallén, Roser Maneja Zaragoza, Sònia Sánchez Mateo, Montserrat Pallarès Barberà, Carles Barriocanal LozanoAbstractThe vegetation within the urban system provides sheltering and food provisions to birds, influencing their nesting options. This study analyses for the first time in the Mediterranean area how different socio-ecological factors related with public urban green management can influence the nesting...
Disentangling the connections: A network analysis of approaches to urban green infrastructure
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Publication date: May 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 41Author(s): Denisa L. Badiu, Andreea Nita, Cristian I. Iojă, Mihai R. NiţăAbstractDuring the last two decades, a mounting body of research has emerged on the value, use and overall importance of urban green infrastructure. From the contribution to human well-being and sustainable development, urban green infrastructure is positioned as a relevant concept within ecosystem services and nature-based solutions.Our research objective is to identify the main scientific approaches to urban green infrastructure, while...
Surface energy exchange: Urban and rural forest comparison in a tropical montane cloud forest
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Publication date: May 2019Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening, Volume 41Author(s): Carlo A. Domínguez-Eusebio, Enrique Alarcón, Oscar L. Briones, María del Rosario Pineda-López, Yareni PerroniAbstractTopical urban expansion has undergone a great increase, affecting land cover and altering ecosystems. It is important to know physical processes alterations such as surface energy balance in ecosystems surrounded by expanding cities in order to make predictions, planning and management of urban forests. This study determines the surface energy balance of a fragment of tropical montane...