Institute of Ecosystem Studies

2007 BES Annual Meeting Presentation and Poster Abstracts

Social Predictors of Urban Vegetation Condition and Management on Residential Landscapes in Baltimore, Maryland
Lidman, Ashley
Abstract: Ecological factors alone cannot fully explain variation of vegetation in cities. To understand vegetative patterns in highly populated ecosystems we must also consider social factors. Researchers have proposed a laundry list of such factors including: neighborhood socio-economic status, population density, land management practices, attitudes towards greenspace, and lifestyle factors such as average family size and life stage. The intention of this study is to understand the significance of social characteristics, including socio-economic status and lifestyle factors, in predicting the condition and degree of management of vegetation on front lawns in Baltimore, MD. Moreover, this study addresses the association between vegetation management and various indicators of neighborhood satisfaction. For instance, is vegetation management a good predictor of perceived quality of environment? Ultimately, improving our understanding of social factors that influence variations in vegetation will aid planners and environmental groups in the region to craft communication strategies and management activities that promote healthy urban greenspaces.