AN ECOLOGICAL APPROACH TO URBAN AND COMMUNITY FOREST MANAGEMENT
WHEREAS: Urban and Community Forestry is a strong component of the forestry profession; and
WHEREAS: Urban and Community Forestry is more than caring for single trees, it is the comprehensive management of the forest ecosystem in our communities and urban/rural interfaces; and
WHEREAS: The nature and extent of interest and concerns of an ecological approach to management will have profound impacts on urban and community forest management activities of communities and federal and state agencies; and
WHEREAS: An ecological approach to management encompasses a variety of living organisms including humans, the genetic differences among these organisms, and the relationship between the biotic and abiotic communities and ecosystems in which they occur; and
WHEREAS: Healthy ecosystems improve the quality of life for urban dwellers;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the policy of NASF is to encourage the development of an ecological approach to urban and community forest management at the local, state, regional, and national levels based on local needs and interests that recognize the many benefits derived from enhancing livable and workable environments in our urban areas.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT nasf continues to maintain an active role in the development and implementation of national policies relating to an ecological approach to urban and community forest management.
Passed September 29, 1994