Presentation Title

Community Partnering at Greenlawn Cemetery, Portsmouth, Ohio: Tree Trails for Education, Health, Recreation, and Tourism

Presenter Information

Brianna CombsFollow
Emily DeanFollow

University

Shawnee State University

Major

Biology

Student Type

Undergraduate Student

Presentation Types

Oral Group Presentation

Keywords:

census, woody plants, green spaces

Abstract

Green spaces are an essential component in facilitating outdoor activities and active lifestyles, especially in urban areas. Greenlawn Cemetery is one of the oldest and largest public green spaces in Portsmouth, Ohio and acts as a natural arboretum. A complete census of woody plants was conducted in Greenlawn Cemetery in fall 2020. Data were compiled and organized to develop trails that are available for educational, health, recreational, and tourism purposes through a website: www.shawnee.edu/trees. In all, 576 trees and shrubs representing 76 species were physically tagged and geolocated in a database which contained species, tree health, and cultural, historical, and ecological significance. To date, two tree trails have been developed, with others planned or under construction.

Human Subjects

no

IRB Approval

no

Faculty Mentor Name

Logan Minter

Faculty Mentor Title

Assistant Professor of Biology

Faculty Mentor Academic Department

Natural Sciences

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Community Partnering at Greenlawn Cemetery, Portsmouth, Ohio: Tree Trails for Education, Health, Recreation, and Tourism

Green spaces are an essential component in facilitating outdoor activities and active lifestyles, especially in urban areas. Greenlawn Cemetery is one of the oldest and largest public green spaces in Portsmouth, Ohio and acts as a natural arboretum. A complete census of woody plants was conducted in Greenlawn Cemetery in fall 2020. Data were compiled and organized to develop trails that are available for educational, health, recreational, and tourism purposes through a website: www.shawnee.edu/trees. In all, 576 trees and shrubs representing 76 species were physically tagged and geolocated in a database which contained species, tree health, and cultural, historical, and ecological significance. To date, two tree trails have been developed, with others planned or under construction.