Baltimore Ecosystem Study Institute of Ecosystem Studies

2010 BES Annual Meeting Presentation and Poster Abstracts

A Multi-Methods Approach to Determining Appropriate Locations for Tree Planting in Two of Baltimore's Tree-Poor Neighborhoods
Battaglia, Michael

Abstract: Research has shown that urban trees provide a variety of environmental, economic, and social benefits. Because of these benefits, cities have been developing aggressive urban forest management plans to drastically increase tree canopy cover. City officials in Baltimore have implemented one such plan with the intent of doubling the tree canopy over the next several decades. Successful tree planting in Baltimore's neighborhoods is dependent on two criteria, available planting space and resident support. This project explores both issues in two neighborhoods with a history of anti-tree sentiments. Results of a spatial analysis show that potential planting space is limited in both neighborhoods, while qualitative interviews with residents revealed mixed feelings about tree planting. The current situation appears to be the result of complex social and economic processes. The neighborhoods present significant challenges to Baltimore's urban forest managers.