SEEFOR 3 (2): 115-121
Inventory of Green Spaces and Woody Plants in the Urban Landscape in Ariogala
Lina Straigytė 1*, Tadas Vaidelys 1
1 Faculty of Forest science and Ecology, Aleksandras Stulginskis University, Kaunas distr., Lithuania
* Corresponding author: e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
STRAIGYTĖ L, VAIDELYS T 2012 Inventory of Green Spaces and Woody Plants in the Urban Landscape in Ariogala. South-east Eur for 3 (2): 115-121. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15177/seefor.12-13
Background and Purpose: Regulation of urban greenery design, management and protection was approved in 2008 in Lithuania after the Green Space Law was passed, allowing protection of public green spaces and woody plants. Protection of these resources first requires an inventory, and we have created a digital database that will help in management of urban green spaces.
Material and Methods: An inventory of green spaces and woody plants was conducted in the public urban territory of Ariogala, using GIS technology. A digital cartographic database was created using ArcGis 9.1 software.
Results and Conclusion: Most of the woody plants in the survey area are deciduous trees, and the survey results highlighted the major green space management problems. Often, planted trees grow under power lines, and their crowns touch the power cables. Near blocks of flats, trees are often in the wrong place-planted too close to buildings, trees shade windows and their roots heave pavers and penetrate building foundations. According to the inventory, street trees sustain the most damage, most commonly showing injuries on their trunks and roots. Leaves of Aesculus hipocastanum L. show massive damage from Cameraria ohridella Deschka & Dimić, and Tilia cordata Mill. are damaged by Cercospora microsora Sacc. T. cordata is a favourite city tree, but is susceptible to infestation and when damaged appears unsightly, ending its vegetation period very early. The inventory of green spaces also showed that there are sufficient public parks.
Keywords: street trees, GIS, parks, condition, green spaces
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