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The distribution of trees and access to nature is rarely equitable across urban neighborhoods. This injustice is present in many cities, and its origins are predominantly rooted in enduring procedural and recognitional injustices. This paper examines environmental justice in urban forest management plans. The purpose of this research was to systematically investigate Urban Forest Management Plans (UFMPs) prepared by municipalities across the United States (107 total) for their mention and explanation of environmental justice themes relevant to urban forestry.

Keywords: city, trees, planning, distributional justice, procedural justice, recognitional justice, environmental justice, urban forestry, urban forest management, plans

Amber Grant, Andrew A. Millward, Sara Edge, Lara A. Roman, Cheryl Teelucksingh


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