Trees and the Urban Forest
Trees play a very important, if often forgotten role, not only globally, but also locally in our towns and cities. Wildlife habitat, pollution and storm water abatement, carbon sequestration, and energy savings, all arise from a healthy and active urban forest. In this class we will study the uses and values of the urban forest, basic tree biology and identification, arboricultural practices, planning and design, and resource management and community involvement. By using computer models to calculate factors in an urban forest setting, including carbon sequestration and pollution abatement, the class will help develop a complete tree planting proposal for an area in the Town of Middlebury.