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Guidelines for Developing and Evaluating Tree Ordinances

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Swiecki, T. J., Bernhardt, E. A. Guidelines for Developing and Evaluating Tree Ordinances. Phytosphere Research, Vacaville, CA. Accessed: (Access date)

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Part 1. Planning for an ordinance

Part 2. Drafting an ordinance

Part 3. Evaluating the urban forest and ordinance performance

Methods for evaluating tree ordinances and the urban forest ecosystem

Special Topics:

Defining special trees: heritage, historic, and landmark trees

Definitions: Tree banks and tree banking

Concepts: Mitigating for tree loss 

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