Baltimore Ecosystem Study Institute of Ecosystem Studies

2011 BES Annual Meeting Presentation and Poster Abstracts

Urban Community Forestry in Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD: The Role of Nonprofit Organizations
Rodier, Meghan

Abstract: Since the 1980s environmental service delivery funding at both the state and city government level has been in decline, limiting urban community forestry programs. This research uses governance theory to explore how Casey Trees in Washington, DC and the Parks and People Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland work with municipal resource agencies to promote urban community forestry. This in-depth analysis will advance our understanding of governance theory at the citywide and neighborhood scale by examining how these local nonprofits have entered the playing field of environmental service delivery. Two neighborhoods; Petworth in Washington, DC and Franklin Square in Baltimore were selected to address how nonprofits operate on the ground to promote change at a local scale through neighborhood revitalization. Exploring the role of nonprofits will shed light on the complexity of urban community forestry partnerships.