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Community Forestry in NOLA Disaster Recovery. What is the role of the “Urban Forest” in the recovery of communities following human-caused or natural disasters in cities?. Keith G. Tidball, Cornell University. BIOPHILIA Humans are part of “nature” People crave contact with the rest of nature

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Community Forestry in NOLA Disaster Recovery

What is the role of the “Urban Forest” in the recovery of communities following human-caused or natural disasters in cities?

Keith G. Tidball, Cornell University

key concepts
BIOPHILIA

Humans are part of “nature”

People crave contact with the rest of nature

People rely heavily on nature for coping with times of stress and anxiety

Urban people are particularly prone to nature deficit, but need nature as much or more than suburban or rural dwellers in times of stress or anxiety

RESILIENCE

How vulnerable a system is to unexpected disturbances and surprises that can exceed or break a system’s ability to control its destiny.

Capacity to buffer change, learn and adapt.

Resilience is of special interest in Socio-Ecological Systems

Key Concepts...
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Mobilizing the Community to Integrate Ecology, Open Space Resources, and Disaster Resistance in a Post-Katrina 9th Ward

Problem Statement

  • The 9th Ward lacked open space before Hurricane Katrina
  • Proposed parks are unlikely to be funded
  • Local residents fear undesirable park uses
  • Land now set aside for parks may ultimately be developed, harming long-term residents and neighborhood institutions

Three Assumptions

  • Displaced resident right to return
  • Environmental justice for hardest-hit communities
  • Public participation in all decision-making

Community-led greening can help residents return and build neighborhood resilience.

Dept. of City and Regional Planning New Orleans Planning Initiative Workshop CRP 679 Keith G. Tidball + Carol Tran Slawson + Beth Seward + Danny Pearlstein

they talked trees
They talked trees...

“...surviving trees gave

me hope that I would persist.”

they talked trees5
They talked trees...

“I used the oaks to find my home...”

they talked trees6
They talked trees...

“...The trees were so much a part of New Orleans... I don’t know what we are going to do now.”

research questions
Role of urban trees and community forestry or greening initiatives in recovery?

Characterization of post-disaster NOLA community forestry initiatives?

Policy makers, planners, and neighborhood development and greening organizations perspective on community forestry initiatives?

Research Questions...
partners and participation
Partners and Participation

ACORN- NOPI collaboration and Parkway Partners convene groups of community members frequently as plans for the 9TH Ward are developed. 

thank you
Thank you

Community members of the 9th Ward New Orleans

A.C.O.R.N.

Community Forestry Research Fellows Program

Cornell New Orleans Planning Initiative

Dr. Marianne Krasny

Check out my poster for methods, lit review, etc!