UBC Graduate Research

Baselining UBC’s Urban Forest : Vancouver Campus Eshpeter, Sarah


The University of British Columbia (UBC) Vancouver campus houses a plethora of natural assets- most notably, its urban forest. UBC Campus is infamous for its coastal forest setting, which is arguably one of the most important factors in developing its identity and attracting its outstanding student body. While the urban forest supplies many benefits to the socio­ecological environment, it is still insufficiently recognized in urban planning and development. In the broader context of campus, the City of Vancouver has developed an Urban Forest Strategy and associated targets and, as a separate entity, UBC needs to follow suit. An emerging campus Urban Forest Management Plan (UFMP) is in its beginning phases, however in order to produce a valuable mechanism for management and decision-making, there is an urgent need for more information and research to sufficiently recognize and baseline the campus urban forest to inform the future management and monitoring of UBC's most prominent natural asset. This study aims to inform the development of the UBC Urban Forest Management Plan by further exploring the status of the campus urban forest, associated ecosystem services, and providing recommendations for planting locations and species selection to maximize value. Specific project objectives are to: 1. Represent the current status of the campus urban forest given pre-existing and derived data; 2. Identify and quantify namely the environmental benefits associated with the campus urban forest; and 3. Develop recommendations and priorities for campus urban forest management. Collectively these objectives seek to increase the vigour, resiliency, and functionality of the campus urban forest, enhancing its full suite of associated socio-ecological benefits, in addition to its mitigation and adaptive capacity. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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