First Advisor

Marion Dresner

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Environmental Science and Management


Environmental Science and Management




Stand composition, Urban forestry, Western temperate forest, Forest Park (Portland, Or.) -- Environmental conditions -- Research, Trees -- Growth -- Environmental aspects -- Oregon -- Portland, Forest ecology -- Effect of human beings on -- Oregon -- Portland, Forests and forestry -- Effect of human beings on -- Oregon -- Portland



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1 online resource (vi, 74 p.) : ill. (some col.), col. maps


In June of 2010, two permanent research plots were established in Forest Park, based on their differing proximities to downtown Portland, Oregon. As part of a long-term ecological research project that seeks to explore the ecological status and human thumbprint on this 5,100 acre forested reserve, the 2010 tree data was investigated for emergent compositional and spatial patterns. Stand composition, tree size, growth rates, and spatial patterns were analyzed, along with ecological and land use histories. Results indicate that the Balch plot, more closely located to the urban center, has different stand composition, condition, and vegetation growth rates, compared to the more rural Miller site. This study supports findings from a study done by Broshot in 2009, where more urban plots demonstrate a different stand composition and recruitment pattern than rural sites. The study is an initial step for exploring questions regarding the ecological status of Forest Park and how land use and disturbance, past and present, shape Portland's forested reserve.


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