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Municipal tree conservation in Southern Ontario

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Title: Municipal tree conservation in Southern Ontario
Author: Filson, Stuart
Department: School of Environmental Design and Rural Development
Program: Rural Planning and Development
Advisor: Longboat, Sheri
Abstract: Across Southern Ontario, workforces contend with local tree conservation challenges. Given the potential for asymmetric gaps, this study explores Southern Ontario's tree planting, protection, and stewardship activities. For primary research, this study uses interviews and complementary questionnaires to integrate insights from experienced individuals. Before this study, I was surprised by the lack of literature on municipal tree conservation, especially regarding policy and associated resource costs. Fiscal and demographic factors explain some policy discrepancies but not all. Circumstantial indicators may not reveal differences owing to local cultural history. For a broad examination of Southern Ontario's municipal tree conservation, this study traces the regional rise of humans to local trends among organized tree efforts. After an analysis of literary materials and purposive communications, this study affirms that critical problems persist throughout Southern Ontario's local tree conservation. This report closes with recommendations for place-based policy directives and future research.
Date: 2018
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