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The lot is overgrown, crowded with unruly shrubs, vines, and waist-high weeds. It is littered with old tires and garbage and is now home to a rusted Toyota Tercel. The air is heavy and buzzing with mosquitoes.
This is the Lower 9th Ward, where U.S. Forest Service research forester Wayne Zipperer studied the vegetation on abandoned lots after Hurricane Katrina. The Category 3 struck New Orleans in 2005.
- Projecting land-use and land cover change in a subtropical urban watershed
Lagrosa IV, John J.; Zipperer, Wayne C.; Andreu, Michael G.
- “Even our Dairy Queen shut down”: Risk and resilience in bioenergy development in forest-dependent communities in the US South
Hitchner, Sarah; Schelhas, John; Brosius, J. Peter
- A privilege and a challenge: valuation of heirs' property by African American landowners and implications for forest management in the southeastern U.S
Hitchner, Sarah; Schelhas, John; Johnson Gaither, Cassandra
- Emerging issues in urban ecology: implications for research, social justice, human health, and well-being
Jennings, Viniece; Floyd, Myron F.; Shanahan, Danielle; Coutts, Christopher; Sinykin, Alex
- Spatial dimensions of heirs’ property in Maverick County, TX
Johnson Gaither, Cassandra Y.
“Where the sidewalk ends”: sustainable mobility in Atlanta’s Cascade community
Johnson Gaither, Cassandra; Himmelfarb, David; Hitchner, Sarah; Schelhas, John; Shepherd, J. Marshall; K.C., Binita
Engaging African American landowners in sustainable forest management
Schelhas, John; Hitchner, Sarah; Johnson Gaither, Cassandra; Fraser, Rory; Jennings, Viniece; Diop, Amadou
Socioecological disparities in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina
Lewis, Joshua A.; Zipperer, Wayne C.; Ernstson, Henrik; Bernik, Brittany; Hazen, Rebecca; Elmqvist, Thomas; Blum, Michael J.
Seminar presented by Dr. Cassandra Johnson Gaither and Eric Kuehler at Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia.
Science of the Seasons: Recreation
July 10, 2017
Mike Bowker and others examine trends in outdoor recreation and the future of recreation on National Forests.
Related publication: Outlook for outdoor recreation in the northern United States