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Community programs promote tree care


Robert Sommer

Author Affiliations

R. Sommer is Professor, Department of Psychology, UC Davis.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 51(5):23-25. DOI:10.3733/ca.v051n05p23. September 1997.

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Trees provide shade, reduce noise and make cities more attractive, among other benefits, but their survival depends on long-term care from humans. A survey of residents in three California cities found that people who planted trees themselves were more satisfied with the outcome than residents whose trees were planted by a city employee or a developer. Residents who participated in an organized planting program were also more likely to receive information on tree maintenance. Overall, 90% of the program participants received maintenance information, compared with only 16% of the nonparticipants.

Further reading

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Sklar F, Ames RG. Staying alive: Street tree survival in the inner cities. J Urban Affairs. 1985. 7:55-65. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9906.1985.tb00077.x https://doi.org/doi:10.1111/j.1467-9906.1985.tb00077.x

Sommer R, Guenther H, Barker PA. Surveying householder response to street trees. Landscape Journal. 1990. 9:79-85.

Sommer R. 1997. Community programs promote tree care. Hilgardia 51(5):23-25. DOI:10.3733/ca.v051n05p23
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