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May 2021 - Virtual Forum
Relationships between consultant discipline and specified tree diversity: A case study of two Iowa (USA) communities
Thursday, May 20th @ 10am-11am
Managing taxonomic diversity in urban forests is one means of mitigating threats imposed by biotic and abiotic threats that could result in tree loss. Many non-arboriculture professional consultants can specify trees for construction projects and those consultants may vary in their training regarding plant material use and site assessment. We used publicly available site plans submitted for zoning permitting to assess relationships between consultant type, tree diversity, and tree selections in two Iowa communities. We found strong relationships of site size and tree diversity and weak evidence of consultant-specific diversity outcomes at the site-level but stronger differences in tree palettes across a city or between cities, depending on the consultant type.
Grant L. Thompson, PhD, PLA
Assistant Professor - Iowa State University
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