Creating Resilient Urban and Community Forests

 

Forests are Vital to Communities. Urban forests provide far more benefits than their obvious beauty and shade.  In fact, scientific research shows a measurable link between urban forests and a healthy environment, public well being, and community livability. 

 

Manomet teamed up with the City of Bath, Maine Forest Service, Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, and the U.S. Forest Service to  better understand how trees benefit people and contribute to the resiliency of a community. Manomet quantified the environmental and financial benefits of urban forests in mid-coast Maine to better understand how trees benefit people and contribute to the resiliency of a community and developed tools to help municipalities, land trusts, and private citizens across the Northeast maintain healthy urban forests and communities.

 

The Benefits of Urban and Community Forests    

The urban and community forest resources in Bath, Maine provide the community $1.1 million dollars of benefits each year.  Trees remove over 26,000 pounds of pollutants from the air each year, absorb 1.8 million gallons of runoff annually, store 1.4 billion pounds of carbon dioxide, and sequester an additional 870,000 pounds of carbon dioxide each year. The amount of carbon dioxide stored in Bath’s trees is equivalent to the annual emissions of 7,600 cars, a number that represents eighty percent of Bath’s population.

 

 

i-Tree Analysis of Three Forests in Bath, Maine

Complete Case Study

 

The Value of Urban and Suburban Trees: Case Study of Downtown Bath, Maine

Summary Report

Full Report

 

The Value of Trees on Land Trust Properties: Case Study of Sewall Woods

Summary Report

Full Report 

 

The Value of Trees in Municipal Forests: Case Study of Butler Head

Summary Report

Full Report

 

 

Case Studies Using i-Tree

Using  i-Tree Eco To Rapidly Assess The Benefits Of Local Forests: A Case Study From Bath, Maine

 

Using  i-Tree Canopy To Rapidly Assess The Benefits Of Local Forests: A Case Study From Bath, Maine

 

Using  i-Tree Vue Software For Rapidly Assessessing The Benefits Of Local Forests: A Case Study From Bath, Maine

 

 

 

Urban Forests and Resiliency to Climate Change

A Summary of Climate Change Projections for Forests in the Sagadahoc Region of Coastal Maine

 

 

Weather-Wise Worksheets

Manomet developed a series of worksheets to help landowners, municipalities, homeowners, and community organizations understand the impacts of climate change on forests and apply tangible actions, both small and large, to make forests and communities more resilient to changes in weather and climate. 

 

A Summary of Manomet’s WeatherWise Workbook

 

Introduction to Weather-wise Worksheets

 

Weather-Wise Worksheet for Woodland Owners

 

Weather-Wise Worksheet for Land Trusts

 

Weather-Wise Worksheet for Urban Forests

 

Weather-Wise Worksheet for Homeowners

 

Weather-Wise Worksheet for Urban Forests and Community Planning

 

 

 

Examples of Adaptation Planning and Monitoring

A Climate Change Adaptation Monitoring Plan and Application for Private Landowners and Land Trusts: A Case Study at the Allen-Whitney Forest

 

 

Suggested Climate Change Adaptation Strategies for The Narrows WMA, Stands 1 and 2  

 

Urban and Community Forestry: Are Forest Carbon Offset Projects Feasible for Land Trusts and Communities? 

 

 

Other Articles and Press

Maine Townsman: Urban trees: Good for people and municipal budgets (2014)

 

Forests for Maine's Future: Urban Forests- More Important Than Ever by Joe Rankin (2014)

 

Bath Community Forest Committee Newsletter: In Bath, Money Does Grow on Trees (2014)