Tree diversity is essential for creating a sustainable urban forest. Diversity builds resilience and should enhance the value and function of a resource. This presentation will examine urban tree diversity in the three separate cities of London, New York City and Santa Monica. Each will be considered and their solutions discussed as they strive to maximize the sustainability of their urban forests.
Matthew Wells is the Urban Forester for the City of Santa Monica in California. Previously, he was the Director of Tree Preservation for NYC Parks and has also been a Tree Officer in Central London. Matthew has a unique international experience of urban forestry. He specializes in municipal tree management. Matthew has presented papers and workshops at urban forestry conferences globally, is a past Trustee of the Tree Research and Education Endowment (TREE) Fund and is a Chartered Arboriculturist.