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Urban forested natural areas — nearly 84 percent of urban parkland — play a vital role in improving the quality of life for hundreds of millions of Americans. However, these places have limited formal protection from city development and stressors and cannot take care of themselves; they need management and continued investment.

This groundbreaking report summarizes how park and urban forest professionals perceive this management challenge, and the steps they’re taking to meet it.

Pregitzer, C.C., Charlop-Powers, S., McCabe, C., Hiple, A., Gunther, B., Bradford, M.A.

Untapped Common Ground: The Care of Forested Natural Areas in American Cities.  The Natural Areas Conservancy, 2019

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