Urban Forests as Weapons Against Climate Change: Lessons from California's Global Warming Solutions Act
47 Urb. Law. 387
32 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2016
Date Written: 2015
Urban forests provide a range of ecological, social, and aesthetic benefits to urban communities. Additionally, urban reforestation projects can help cities become more resilient to the effects of climate change. This article explores the impacts that California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (A.B. 32) will have on the management of the state’s urban forests. The Act will likely cause conflicts between private landowners and urban forest managers, who may have very different goals for the ways in which trees should be managed. However, the Act provides planners the unique opportunity to introduce resources that are more resilient to climate change and resources that will provide more benefits to traditionally underserved communities.
Keywords: Trees, urban forest, climate change, mitigation, sequestration, environmental law, land use law, urban development
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