Public Preference for Tree Density in Municipal Parks
Herbert W. Schroeder and Thomas L. Green
Abstract: Park managers faced with declining tree populations must plan for replacing trees in order to preserve attractive landscapes for the future. For this purpose it is useful to know what tree densities are preferred by the public who uses the parks. In this research study we showed photographs of parks with varying tree densities to public groups, who rated them for scenic quality and for number of trees (too few, too many, or about right). By comparing this information with actual tree inventories in the parks, we estimated what tree density would create the most attractive park landscapes for each group.