Presentation Title

Quantifying Ecosystem Services Using i-Tree Eco Model Within Urban Forests Provides Educational Opportunities for Students

Start Date

8-3-2022 10:20 AM

End Date

8-3-2022 10:30 AM

Abstract

Stratified random sampling methods were used to quantify ecosystem services provided by trees in the diverse urban forest in the Rock Creek Environmental Studies Center (RCESC) on the Portland Community College (PCC) Rock Creek campus. The RCESC is a 110-acre natural area on the western edge of the Portland Metro Area Urban Growth Boundary located in the Willamette Valley ecoregion. The RCESC is made up of a mosaic of habitat types including wetlands, oak woodlands, and upland coniferous forests. The RCESC is managed not only to provide wildlife habitat and floodplain function but also acts as a living laboratory facilitating experiential learning opportunities, both for students and the broader community. As part of the Environmental Studies research program at PCC, in collaboration with the award-winning PCC sustainability office, students engaged in quantifying the ecosystem services provided by the forested areas within the RCESC. i-Tree Eco modeling software was used to analyze student data. The results presented a valuable opportunity to further engage students through a range of research questions about urban forest structure, function and value. Students considered how to apply this research towards promoting sound management decisions, human health, and environmental quality. This presentation will focus on the iTree results, the limits of their application, as well as lessons learned for how to further engage students in this type of research.

Subjects

Environmental education, Habitat assessment, Land/watershed management

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Quantifying Ecosystem Services Using i-Tree Eco Model Within Urban Forests Provides Educational Opportunities for Students

Stratified random sampling methods were used to quantify ecosystem services provided by trees in the diverse urban forest in the Rock Creek Environmental Studies Center (RCESC) on the Portland Community College (PCC) Rock Creek campus. The RCESC is a 110-acre natural area on the western edge of the Portland Metro Area Urban Growth Boundary located in the Willamette Valley ecoregion. The RCESC is made up of a mosaic of habitat types including wetlands, oak woodlands, and upland coniferous forests. The RCESC is managed not only to provide wildlife habitat and floodplain function but also acts as a living laboratory facilitating experiential learning opportunities, both for students and the broader community. As part of the Environmental Studies research program at PCC, in collaboration with the award-winning PCC sustainability office, students engaged in quantifying the ecosystem services provided by the forested areas within the RCESC. i-Tree Eco modeling software was used to analyze student data. The results presented a valuable opportunity to further engage students through a range of research questions about urban forest structure, function and value. Students considered how to apply this research towards promoting sound management decisions, human health, and environmental quality. This presentation will focus on the iTree results, the limits of their application, as well as lessons learned for how to further engage students in this type of research.