Urban forests to get climate adaptation guidelinesUrban forests to get climate adaptation guidelines<div class="ExternalClassB14C429C2C02498EB1B4F5A80B525548"><p>Like all natural landscapes, climate change will impact our urban forests through, as examples; increased windstorms and droughts, changes to precipitation, and susceptibility to insect or diseases outbreaks. Some species will thrive, and others decline. </p><p>At the same time, healthy urban forests mitigate climate change through, for example: sequestering carbon, shading buildings, and influencing stormwater. Our urban forests can help people and organisms adapt to the changing climate, playing a large role the region's livability. </p><p>Metro Vancouver is embarking on an urban forest study and in collaboration with municipal and academic advisors will develop, specific to our region:</p><ul><li>tools to help identify urban forest vulnerabilities,</li><li>guidance to improve tree management techniques, and</li><li>innovative design approaches to maximize benefits like cooling and stormwater absorption in the urban landscape.</li></ul><p>Tree specific design is part of contemporary urban planning. Tools and guidelines that result from this project will be shared with member municipalities and the public.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue14-urbanforest.jpg2015-10-30T07:00:00ZGP0|#9ce34380-a759-4725-91fd-ec3f80a85606;L0|#09ce34380-a759-4725-91fd-ec3f80a85606|Issue 14;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass662C33490F88482CB150AC429D83ED74"><p>Healthy urban forests sequester (hold) carbon, shade buildings, and influence stormwater. They can help people and organisms adapt to the changing climate, and play a large role the region's livability. At the same time the urban forests themselves are susceptible to climate change. </p></div>0