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    Novel Applications of Urban Tree Canopy Assessment and Prioritization Tools: Supporting Collaborative Decision Making to Achieve Urban Sustainability Goals


    Diverse stakeholders can use Urban Tree Canopy (UTC) Assessment and Prioritization tools to collaboratively achieve urban sustainability goals. UTC Assessments were initially motivated by improved scientific understanding of declining urban water quality and the beneficial roles trees play. Our process has led to accurate estimates of tree canopy, which has in turn informed tree canopy goal setting.  UTC Prioritizations serve as both a planning process for collaborative decision-making and a set of geographic analysis tools. The desired end outcome is to provide decision support to stakeholders to aid in reaching a canopy target using outcome-based approaches.


    Mike Galvin is Director of the SavATree Consulting Group, with a wealth of experience gained over the course of a 25 year career in arboriculture that includes 13 years with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. In this role he spearheaded programs to provide technical and financial assistance for urban forestry in the Chesapeake Bay region. During this time, Galvin was also instrumental in the assessment of the regions Urban Tree Canopy and setting goals for its future growth. Currently, the SavATree Consulting Group is working on a number of high profile projects including creating tree preservation controls for the construction of the state-of-the art Brody Learning Commons at Johns Hopkins University; the Consulting group is also providing tree risk assessments and hazard mitigation plans for street trees in the City of New London, Connecticut, and in the Village of Sleepy Hollow, New York.

    Galvin is an ISA Certified Arborist Registered Consulting Arborist and recipient of the 2011 True Professionals award from the International Society of Arboriculture. He is also a Co-Principal Investigator for the National Science Foundation's Chesapeake Bay ULTRA-Ex grant, former Co-Principal Investigator for the Baltimore Ecosystem Study and the author of dozens of publications on arboriculture and urban forestry nationwide.


    Dexter H. Locke , US Forest Service Northern Research Station/NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, New York City Urban Field Station Project Technician

    J. Morgan Grove, Research Scientist and Team Leader, Baltimore Field Station and Baltimore Ecosystem Study (BES), Northern Research Station, USDA Forest Service

    Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne, Director, University of Vermont Spatial Analysis Lab

    Charles Murphy, Greening Coordinator, Tree Baltimore, City of Baltimore

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