Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape.

Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape.

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 A celebration of urban trees and the Americans, presidents, plant explorers, visionaries, citizen activists, scientists, nurserymen, and tree nerds; whose arboreal passions have shaped and ornamented the nation's cities, from Jefferson's day to the present. Jonnes tells the captivating stories of the founding mothers and fathers of urban forestry, in addition to those arboreal advocates presently using the latest technologies to illuminate the value of trees to public health and to our urban infrastructure. The book examines such questions as the character of American urban forests and the effect that tree-rich landscaping might have on commerce, crime, and human well-being.