Ryan W. McEwan
The urban forest is an important element of cityscapes today. Urban trees provide a habitat to wildlife populations, create more tolerable city living conditions, and better the lives of residents around them. The urban forest, however, is not distributed equitably to the urban population, and some residents receive more or less of its positive externalities. Montgomery County, Ohio, was chosen as the study site to determine if environmental injustice was present regarding the urban forest. It was found that there was environmental injustice present in Montgomery County, as the density of the urban forest was limited by the educational obtainment and income of the residents. This study’s findings are of particular importance at this time as the invasion of the Emerald Ash Borer becomes a reality and governmental organizations prepare for massive tree replanting campaigns.
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