Why is so little urban/suburban ‘reforestation’ done?

Most folks would love to see more trees in their urban/suburban environments. So why is it so seldom done? We hear all this talk about planting trees. Shouldn’t our cities be overflowing with trees by now?



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    Probably due to lack of regulation, and no one really expressing a desire for it. Since so many different issues are occurring, it is difficult to worry about things such as reforestation when other issues are happening. I believe if we request it enough or if we even begin to improve things on our own, reforestation will begin to gain importance not only locally, but nationally.

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    Reforestation in urban/suburban areas are challenging and a tad bit difficult to initiate. Not many people would like to be in a city of forests and need roads to travel and parking lots for personal cars. Also, tree growth in urban spaces are semi-permanent, due to reconstruction or replacements, so trees cannot grow in an urban space for a long time. It is hard to mix forests and urban spaces together because both have specific needs and thrive in very different enviroments. Conserving forests and decreasing deforestation would be a more ideal way to “reforest” a natural forest environment.

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    Just to build on the first poster’s comments – I think space is a big issue as well. In a lot of very urban environments, planting full-grown trees means concerns over utility lines, power cables, water mains, roads, etc in addition to maintaining the trees.

    However, that said there exists a burgeoning movement towards urban reforestation. In fact, the Urban Reforestation non-profit organization was invited to speak at last year’s Shanghai World Expo (appropriately themed, “Better City, Better Life”). Here’s an excerpt from the organization’s press release:

    ” She [the managing director] was asked many questions about Urban Reforestation and people expressed their enthusiasm and intrigue for the project particularly…how the project is able to engage people in creating their own social innovations towards sustainable urban living” (see link below).

    So with any luck, we may indeed eventually see more trees and less parking lots.


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