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Urban Forests and Social Science

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A dynamic collection of citations (primarily) and technology transfer resources in the social science disciplines (excluding Economics).
Integrating the Social and Physical/Biological Sciences
A description of the Georgia Science & Engineering Fair Special Award for the Social & Biological Sciences.
Integrating humans into ecology: opportunities and challenges for studying urban ecosystems
The Effect of Trees on Crime in Portland, Oregon
The authors speculate that trees may reduce crime by signaling to potential criminals that a house is better cared for and, therefore, subject to more effective authority than a comparable house with fewer trees.
Restorative places or scary spaces? The impact of woodland on the mental well-being of young adults
UK woodland policy and mental health in young adults.
Restorative Commons: Creating Health and Well-Being Through Urban Landscapes
Includes interviews, case studies, thought pieces, and interdisciplinary theoretical works.
Park Access and Environmental Equity
Many newly transplanted Latinos living in older parts of towns in the South, do not have access to parks. This is an important issue for urban foresters, park managers, and city planners since urban parks may be the only natural resource available to newly settled lower income residents who may not own cars or have access to good public transportation.
Latino Park Access: Examining Environmental Equity in a “New Destination” County in the South
This paper examines Latino migration to a “new destination” county in the southeastern U.S., Hall County, Georgia, where environmental equity is considered in terms of Latino communities’ walking access to public and private parks in the county. Park access is considered an environmental equity or justice issue because some research shows less park acreage available to minority and immigrant communities, compared to communities where residents are mostly white and U.S. born.
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