Developing an Urban Forest Plan for Providence, Rhode Island

Project Partner: The Nature Conservancy and Providence Neighborhood Planting Program, Summer 2019

Project Summary: Urban forests can play a critical role in city sustainability goals as they reduce pollutants in stormwater runoff and air, mitigate heat and noise, and provide places for recreation and community interaction. Working with The Nature Conservancy and Providence Neighborhood Planting Program, Paige focused on data aggregation, management, and organization to support the early stages of developing an Urban Forest Plan for the City of Providence, Rhode Island. An important goal within the early stages of this Urban Forest Plan was to help identify areas of highest need for increased tree canopy based on environmental, health, and social data to inform where community-engaged action is needed to ensure an equitable distribution of an urban tree canopy. Paige’s work helped identify, locate, and gather the data needed to achieve the aims outlined in the Urban Forest Plan and can be applied to the sustainability goals of Providence.

Project Deliverables: Policy Brief looking at an Urban Forest Plan with a Focus on Equity

Urban forest in Providence, Rhode Island (Credit: Eunika Sopponicka)