Special Issue "Forward Thinking Urban Forest Management for Sustainable Cities"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Forestry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Burnell Fischer
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Guest Editor
O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University-Bloomington, Bloomington, IN 47408, USA
Interests: urban forestry; urban ecology; urban social-ecological systems
Prof. Dr. Richard Hauer
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Guest Editor
College of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin, 800 Reserve Street, Stevens Point, WI 54481, USA
Interests: arboriculture; ecosystem service; green spaces; ice storms; urban forestry
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Prof. Dr. Jess Vogt
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Guest Editor
Department of Environmental Science and Studies, College of Science and Health, DePaul University, Chicago, IL 60603, USA
Interests: ecology; urban forestry; environmental science; urban/rural sociology; qualitative social research; quantitative social research; sustainability

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Urban trees and forests are vital infrastructure for sustainable cities. As urban areas continue to grow geographically and in population, maintaining and growing trees/forests in places with concentrations of people is more vital than ever in the context of making cities sustainable. Finding ways to effectively, efficiently, and equitably plant, grow, and manage urban tree populations, both public and private, and integrating this management into broader town sustainability efforts, is critical for urban forest management to really be successful and a leader in city sustainability efforts. In this Special Issue, we invite papers that highlight forward thinking urban forest management for sustainable cities. We broadly define sustainable urban forests as meeting the future needs of people using the most modern and original practices that meet the social and ecologic needs of a community. We invite the submission of  papers for publication with a focus on integrating sustainable urban forestry and related urban greenspace management into sustainable cities. Topical areas should involve some aspect of sustainable practice through urban forest management, for example:

  • Adapting to and planning for climate change;
  • Growth and longevity studies that explore urban forest management over decades or longer;
  • Inventory and assessment that lead to integrated plans and connection to sustainable city planning;
  • Innovative educational outreach programs that link urban forestry to sustainable cities;
  • Integrative and polycentric governance approaches to incorporating urban forest management within sustainable cities/urban areas;
  • Meta-analysis of multiple cities and/or urban areas;
  • Models that incorporate urban forestry sustainability into fostering sustainable cities;
  • Urban tree health detection and planning for the future.

The focus of this Special Issues is innovative urban forest management for sustainable cities.

The scope is exploring how the practice of modern urban forest management can benefit and connect to sustainable cities.

The purpose of the Special Issue to highlight research on urban forest management for sustainable cities.

Urban forest management and the sustainability of both urban trees and urban forests, as well as the research it is based on, predate more recent efforts in the sustainability of cities. This issue will attempt to bring the two fields of practice and research closer together.

Prof. Dr. Burnell Fischer
Prof. Dr. Rich Hauer
Prof. Dr. Jess Vogt
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1900 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • innovative urban forestry
  • adapting to climate change
  • urban forests and sustainable cities
  • meta-analysis
  • models for urban forestry
  • urban forest health

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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