Presentation at the University of Minnesota-Rochester Connects professional lecture series for the Arbor Month series. May 24, 2016
Complex Answers to Simple Questions
Urban tree ring analysis talk given as part of the Agronomy and Horticulture Seminar Series at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. February 2, 2018.
If Trees could Talk: The science of reading tree rings
SCIENTIFIC, RESEARCH-BASED INFORMATION ON TREES
Urban forestry management started as a way to manage trees in the urban environment primarily for aesthetics. However, the focus has changed in recent years to the management of benefits provided by trees. Benefits of urban trees include, but are not limited to:
Urban forestry has long focused on street trees and park trees and more recently on urban natural resources. There has been a continuous battle between trees (biotic) and hardscape infrastructure (abiotic). A more useful approach for development of urban areas is to consider abiotic infrastructure and biotic infrastructure as simply urban infrastructure.
Managing trees in an urban area with biologically informed methods helps to reduce management of abiotic and biotic infrastructure. Hopefully this leads to increase tree longevity, an increase in benefits provided be trees, and a reduction in damage to abiotic infrastructure. The various articles, research, calculators, and information on this site is an attempt to help increase the accessibly of methods to improve the survival and management of our urban forests.