Urban Forests as Green Infrastructure
Keith H. Hirokawa
Albany Law School
September 6, 2012
GREENING LOCAL GOVERNMENT: LEGAL STRATEGIES FOR PROMOTING SUSTAINABILITY, EFFICIENCY, AND FISCAL SAVINGS, p. 257, Keith H. Hirokawa and Patricia Salkin, eds., American Bar Association, 2012
Albany Law School Research Paper No. 7 of 2012-2013
Urban forests capture air and water pollutants as they provide shade, habitat, and social value. The health and character of urban forests are determined by the priorities that communities place on them, the local regulations that direct land use choices, and the extent to which local governments address resource shortages through zoning, resource planning, and resource regulation. Local governments can plan and regulate urban forests to benefit (economically, socially, and environmentally) from the services that trees can provide to communities. This essay explores the role of urban forests in the local provision of local green infrastructure and the ways that local governments capture of the benefits of urban forests by planning and implementing tree protections.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 20
Keywords: environmental law, natural resources law, local government, land use planning, procurement, sustainability, sustainable development, zoning, climate change
Date posted: September 6, 2012
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