of Oregon > Urban "Forests"
Ecology: By definition, urban forests
occur near or within urban boundaries. Although they sometimes include remnant stands of native
forests, more often they’re a mix of native and introduced trees that have been planted
along our streets and in our parks for recreational and landscaping purposes. Without careful
tending urban forests would perish, or be overrun by native forests. As Oregon communities
grow in area and population, urban forests will play an increasingly significant role in
These are not the forests that we escape
to for the weekend; they are the forests that enrich our daily lives where we work
Climate: With appropriate
care, urban forests can be maintained in almost any climate.
Rather than being a product of the climate in which they
they are often valued for the climate they help create. Their
canopies reduce air pollution, filter rainwater, and
create shade that cools city temperatures.
in the urban f orest increase property values, help
businesses attract shoppers, and support both migratory
and resident wildlife. Some benefits of urban forests
are less understood, like their role in capturing
carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas, while others
are difficult to quantify, like their role in the
cultural well-being of our communities.
in Oregon employ urban foresters. Others rely on volunteers
complete tasks associated with urban forestry.
The management of urban forests usually involves the
of individual trees (arboriculture) rather than of
entire forests (silviculture). Community education
is also an
important part of
hemlock/Sitka spruce forests urban
mixed conifer forests coast
redwood forests hardwood
pine forests subalpine
larch forests western