Selecting Trees Fit for the Future

Selecting Trees Fit for the Future

Forecasted changes in urban climate, water and pests will drastically alter tree growing conditions and destabilize urban forests by increasing loss rates for the most vulnerable species. The best means for making urban forests more resilient to climate change disturbances is to reduce planting of highly vulnerable species and increase planting of the least vulnerable species. This presentation describes research funded by the Britton Fund to identify and evaluate tree species least vulnerable to risk factors such as heat, drought, pests, storms, salinity and invasiveness.


Greg McPhersonDr. Greg McPherson is a Research Forester with the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station located in Davis, CA. He works with a team of scientists to measure and model effects of trees on energy use, urban heat islands, air pollutant uptake, carbon sequestration, and rainfall interception. Their research is helping justify investments in urban forest planning and management.

Dr. Alison Berry – Bio soon to come

Lizzie Roeble is a graduate student at the University of California, Davis in the Horticulture and Agronomy Graduate Group. She did her undergraduate at the University of San Francisco in Environmental Science and Urban Agriculture. Currently, Lizzie is working with Alison Berry and Greg McPherson studying climate ready trees for the Central Valley urban forests.

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