Environmental Studies Program


Date of this Version

Spring 2016


Environmental Studies Undergraduate Student Thesis, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2016


Copyright © 2016 Benjamin Heusinkvelt


Urban forests are important to many functions of not only the city itself but also the citizens that live there. They provide carbon storage, shade, invaluable erosion control and can act as barriers to flash floods. This thesis was completed inside the municipality of Lincoln, Nebraska and at Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center. Its purpose was to determine the effect urbanization has on tree growth in specific areas, in this case alongside stream banks. Data was collected from two test sites and analyzed to determine any differences. The results indicate that urban environments affect many characteristics of trees. This comparative study shows how urbanization affects tree growth and can help future landowners and scientists develop more sustainable ways to combat these problems.