PAS Memo

PAS Memo is an online newsletter published six times a year that reaches thousands of practitioners through APA's Planning Advisory Service.

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Today's planners need to stay informed about innovative strategies and techniques for a wide range of planning topics.

PAS Memo delivers this information to you. It highlights current cutting-edge topics — such as green roofs and climate change adaptation — while providing the latest findings and best practices in classic planning areas such as stormwater management and housing affordability.

PAS Memo is written by practicing planners and experts in the field eager to share their expertise through illuminating case studies. Each article provides a list of links to online resources for planners who want to dig deeper.

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PAS Memo — March/April 2014

Planning for Urban Forest Resilience:
Managing Invasive Pests and Diseases

Is your community's urban forest in danger from invasive pests and diseases? Close to 80 percent of the U.S. population lives in urban areas and depends on the essential ecological, economic, and social benefits provided by urban trees and forests. But trees throughout the U.S. are at risk due to the introduction and rapid spread of invasive forest pests and diseases, the greatest single threat to our nation's urban forests.

This month's PAS Memo explores the resilience of urban forests in the U.S. to invasive forest pests and diseases to provide urban planners with insights relative to associated community risks, assessment methodologies, and planning and management strategies to minimize community impacts. The authors share best practices and tools that urban planners can use in coordination with arborists or city foresters to increase urban forest resiliency to threatening influences, both natural and man-made.

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