Dr. Huff, in collaboration with USDA Forest Service colleagues Michelle Johnson, Lara Roman, Lindsay Campbell, Nancy Sonti, and Clara Pregitzer was awarded a contract to write a literature review on Resilience in Urban Forestry from the International Society of Arboriculture.
This literature review on how urban forests contribute to resilient cities and what comprises a resilient urban forest will identifying key gaps in knowledge, and priorities for future research. Furthermore, this literature review will identify current published quantitative and qualitative measures of resiliency, and how practitioners might measure and manage towards increased resiliency. Resiliency is commonly identified as a goal for city greenspace and this review will be relevant to the scientific community and provide clarity of the current state of knowledge for practitioners.
What is resiliency?
Resiliency is the ability for a system to tolerate and recover from disturbances. In the face of more extreme weather events, increased temperatures, and rising sea levels, many cities recognize the need to increase their overall resilience; urban forests are seen as one crucial component.