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The purpose of The World's Urban Forests is to examine urban forests in cities around the world. It asks questions about the history, composition, structure, and management of trees in urban areas. Data for this book was collected in 33 cities across broad geographical areas known as biomes. Constraints and opportunities imposed on urban forest composition, design, and management by the ecological characteristics of these biomes is examined. The World's Urban Forests also addresses the cultural and historical factors that influenced the characteristics of urban forests around the world.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Methods
Chapter 3: Biomes, Human Settlement, and the Selection of Cities Biomes Human Settlement in the World's Biomes
Chapter 4: History Introduction EarlyHumanSettlements Urban Trees in Ancient Egypt The Middle Ages in Europe The Renaissance The Enlightenment The Nineteenth Century The Twentieth Century
Chapter 5: Composition Introduction Overall Composition of the Urban Forest Street and Boulevard Trees Traffic Barriers Parks Greenbelts Waste Areas Water's Edge Cemeteries Freeways Rooftop Gardens
Chapter 6: Design Introduction Trees Along Streets and Boulevards New Delhi Murmansk Seattle and Other Cities Tehran Traffic Barriers Small Parks Large Parks Housing Areas Urban Greenbelts Water's Edge Cemeteries Freeways Rooftop Gardens
Chapter 7: Function Introduction Use of trees for air pollution reduction: Beijing and New York Landslide Stabilization: Quito Urban Orchards: Moscow and Tehran Community Gardens: Moscow, New York, Seattle, Stockholm, and Tokyo Storm Water Retention: Seattle, Phoenix, Jacksonville Brownfield Reclamation: London Forest Products: Seattle, Tehran, and Moscow
Chapter 8: Management Introduction Administrative Approaches Urban Forest Management Problems Special Management Activities Alternative Approaches to Urban Forest Management
Chapter 9: Urban Forests, Biomes, and History Introduction Species Composition Design Function Management Conclusions
Chapter 10: The Future of the Urban Forest
Joe McBride is Emeritus Professor of Urban Forestry in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management and Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at the University of California, Berkeley.