Exploring the Tech Frontier of Equitable Urban Forestry

Planners have a responsibility to bridge the gap between urban forestry, planning, and equity. Learn how to leverage new spatial technologies to strengthen tree protection standards so that all residents can benefit equally from a healthy and vibrant tree canopy. Equitably distributing trees throughout cities ensures that all residents have access to the canopy’s benefits. With the rise of spatial technologies, big data, and tools like American Forests’ Tree Equity Score, planners have a responsibility to illustrate tree canopy distribution across boundaries and plan for a sustainable urban forest. This Fundamental Planning Knowledge Session will cover the following Core Competency: Research Technical & Analytical: Specific tasks required in the practice of planning.

Learning Outcomes

  • Advocate for equitable tree canopy coverage as an integral part of urban planning, zoning, and land-use regulations, using data-driven urban forestry and spatial technologies.
  • Visualize urban forestry data using a broad range of spatial technologies so that coworkers, elected officials, and community members understand the correlation between trees, planning, and equity.
  • Develop an urban forestry master plan that uses exciting new technologies and recent data as a basis for stronger tree protection standards.

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