Niches in the urban forest: Organizations and their role in acquiring metropolitan open space

J. A. Ruliffson, P. H. Gobster, R. G. Haight, F. R. Homans

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As a response strategy to minimize the impacts of urban sprawl, public and private organizations are striving to acquire open lands that will contribute to a resilient and multifunctional urban forest. In the Chicago metropolitan region, we interviewed representatives of 15 organizations to understand the land acquisition process-the structures and functions of groups involved, their acquisition goals, and the cooperation among groups as they work to build metropolitan green infrastructure. Our findings reveal strength in diversity-a variety of groups working at different levels with complementary goals can help meet the complex challenges of land protection in rapidly urbanizing areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16-24
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Forestry
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 1 2002



  • Open space
  • Urban forestry
  • Urbanization

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