Trees and Rebirth: Urban Community Forestry in Post-Katrina Resilience. What are the roles of the Urban Forest and Urban Citizen Foresters in the recovery of communities following disasters in cities?. Jean Fahr, Parkway Partners, NOLA & Keith G. Tidball, Cornell University.
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What are the roles of the Urban Forest and Urban Citizen Foresters in the recovery of communities following disasters in cities?
Jean Fahr, Parkway Partners, NOLA & Keith G. Tidball, Cornell University
“I used the oaks to find my home...”
“...surviving trees gave
me hope that I would persist.”
What defines the community for my study is not a particular neighborhood or political boundary such as “the 9th Ward,” but rather a practice---i.e., the planting of and caring for trees.
This practice has emerged through the work of my community partner organizations and of a diverse group of volunteers who have taken the initiative to go into City Park, their own neighborhoods, and other sites throughout the city to prune damaged trees, plant street trees, document losses of important symbolic trees and forests, and provide trees and information for residents, all to actively participate in the rebirth of themselves, their neighborhoods, and their city after Katrina.
Parkway Partners/NOLA Tree Troopers
Hike for KaTREEna
Replant New Orleans
Community Forestry Research Fellows Program
Cornell New Orleans Planning Initiative
Dr. Marianne Krasny
A community of practice defines itself along three dimensions (Wenger 1998):
What it is about – its joint enterprise as understood and continually renegotiated by its members.
How it functions - mutual engagement that bind members together into a social entity.
What capability it has produced – the shared repertoire of communal resources that members have developed over time. (see, also Wenger 1999: 73-84)