Baltimore Ecosystem Study Institute of Ecosystem Studies

2013 BES Annual Meeting Presentation and Poster Abstracts

Parks, Trees, and Environmental Justice: Field Notes from Washington, DC
Buckley, Geoffrey
Co-Authors: Geoff Buckley, Ali Whitmer, J. Morgan Grove

Students enrolled in a graduate seminar benefitted in multiple ways from an intensive three-day field trip to Washington, DC. Constructed around the theme of environmental justice, the trip gave students a chance to learn about street tree distribution, park quality, and racial segregation "up close." Working with personnel from the USDA Forest Service, they learned how to design and carry out a street tree survey and assess the condition of park resources. Students were also given the opportunity to collect primary data at two local archives. The experience enhanced their understanding of historical environmental processes and allowed them to interact with resource managers in a "real world" setting.