Image Database Export Citations


Street Trees: Are They a Misunderstood Common-Pool Resource?

Show full item record

Type: Conference Paper
Author: Steed, Brian C.; Fischer, Burnell C.
Conference: Governing Shared Resources: Connecting Local Experience to Global Challenges, the Twelfth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Commons
Location: Cheltenham, England
Conf. Date: July 14-18, 2008
Date: 2008
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/2320
Sector: Social Organization
Region: North America
Subject(s): trees
common pool resources
resource management
Abstract: "Trees planted along streets have been identified as a desirable public resource due to the measurable ecosystem services they provide. In recent years, communities throughout the United States have sought better means to protect and promote street trees through stronger city tree ordinances, tree care manuals, greenspace plans and public outreach programs. Despite these efforts, significant confusion remains regarding the status of street trees. Ownership and management duties are often unidentified or misunderstood. Ordinances designed to protect street trees as a resource are often difficult to enforce, and monitoring is scarce. In this paper, we view how the confusion regarding street trees may qualify them to be classified as a common-pool resource subject to tragic outcomes in the absence of proper management. We argue that sound management mechanisms are currently underdeveloped and provide recommendations for how protection could be better promoted."

Files in this item

Files Size Format View
Fischer_127901.pdf 155.3Kb PDF View/Open

This item appears in the following document type(s)

Show full item record