How Do Urban Forests Compare? Tree Diversity in Urban and Periurban Forests of the Southeastern US

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dc.rights.license Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) en_US
dc.contributor.author Blood, Amy
dc.contributor.author Starr, Gregory
dc.contributor.author Escobedo, Francisco
dc.contributor.author Chappelka, Art
dc.contributor.author Staudhammer, Christina
dc.coverage.spatial Southern States en_US
dc.coverage.spatial United States en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2018-11-20T18:56:44Z
dc.date.available 2018-11-20T18:56:44Z
dc.date.issued 2016-06-09
dc.identifier.citation Blood, A., et al. (2016): How Do Urban Forests Compare? Tree Diversity in Urban and Periurban Forests of the Southeastern US. Forests, 7(6). DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/f7060120 en_US
dc.identifier.citation https://www.mdpi.com/1999-4907/7/6/120
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/4974
dc.description.abstract There is a need to understand how anthropogenic influences affect urban and periurban forest diversity at the regional scale. This study aims to compare urban and periurban tree composition along a geographic gradient, and test hypotheses about species composition and ecological homogeneity. We paired urban forest (UF) data from eight cities across the southeastern US with periurban forest (PF) data from the USDA Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis program. We found that tree diversity, as well as both observed and estimated species richness values were greater in UF versus PF. Community size structure analysis also indicated a greater proportion of large trees and greater numbers of non-native, invasive, and unclassified tree species in the UF versus the PF, regardless of location. Both forest type and ecological province had a significant effect on community species composition, with forests closer together in space being more similar to each other than those more distant. While land use change and management has been associated with ecological homogenization in human dominated landscapes, we found that species composition was more dissimilar along latitudinal lines than compared to between forest types, refuting this hypothesis, at least in terms of tree diversity en_US
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subject urban forest composition en_US
dc.subject regional diversity en_US
dc.subject forest inventory and analysis en_US
dc.subject ecological homogenization en_US
dc.title How Do Urban Forests Compare? Tree Diversity in Urban and Periurban Forests of the Southeastern US en_US
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