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Proceedings of the Fábos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning

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The Impact Of Tree Planting Program Governance Structure On Tree Survivorship And Vigor: A Case Study Using The Massachusetts Greening The Gateway Cities Program, Nicholas A. Geron, John Rogan, Deborah Martin, Marc Healy Jan 2019

The Impact Of Tree Planting Program Governance Structure On Tree Survivorship And Vigor: A Case Study Using The Massachusetts Greening The Gateway Cities Program, Nicholas A. Geron, John Rogan, Deborah Martin, Marc Healy

Proceedings of the Fábos Conference on Landscape and Greenway Planning

Trees in urban neighborhoods benefit residents by reducing building energy costs, providing cleaner air, decreasing surface runoff, and improving quality of life. However, tree canopy cover is not evenly distributed across neighborhoods in many mid-sized American cities which leads to higher air and surface temperatures, and increased energy bills for residents who are the most economically vulnerable. The state of Massachusetts (USA) created the Greening the Gateway Cities (GGC) program to increase tree canopy cover by 10% in post-industrial, midsized cities with lower educational attainment and lower income than state averages. The study posed two questions: what is the governance ...