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Title: Institutionalizing urban forestry as a "biotechnology" to improve environmental quality

Author: Nowak, David J.

Date: 2006

Source: Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 5:93-100

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: Urban forests can provide multiple environmental benefits. As urban areas expand, the role of urban vegetation in improving environmental quality will increase in importance. Quantification of these benefits has revealed that urban forests can significantly improve air quality. As a result, national air quality regulations are now willing to potentially credit tree planting as means to improve air quality. Similarly, quantification of other environmental benefits of urban trees (e.g., water quality improvement, carbon sequestration) could provide for urban vegetation to be incorporated in other programs/regulations designed to improve environmental quality.

Keywords: Urban forests, Air quality, Environmental regulations

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Nowak, David J. 2006. Institutionalizing urban forestry as a "biotechnology" to improve environmental quality. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 5:93-100

 


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