Urban trees are a well documented aspect of green infrastructure with significant benefit, yet local government policy lags behind.
(2004) Urban Agriculture magazine Special Issue on Urban and Periurban Forestry. Scientific understanding of how urban trees, forests and green space benefit people has expanded substantially in recent years to include social, environmental and economic domains. Despite increasing scientific evidence, there is a lag in policy response in many municipalities.
Local government policy, regulations and even departmental activities regarding trees and green space are often premised on urban planning and design traditions that regard urban nature as the “parsley around the pig.” There are notable exceptions, but few local governments have developed citywide, comprehensive frameworks for planning and managing urban green to achieve specific purposes or functions.