Overview

Learning Lab for Urban Forest Growth

Our Mission

Here at Mind The Divide, our goal is to guide communities through a collaborative process as they plan, establish, and properly invest in a sustainable urban forest, as well as create defensible spaces and harden structures in a time of unprecedented fire behavior so that these resources can flourish for generations to come.

What is Mind the Divide?

California is facing a multifaceted dilemma. Wildfires continue to increase in frequency and severity, where megafires are no longer the exception but the norm. Housing demands keep rising as population increases, thus it is becoming more common to build further into the Urban Wildland (formerly known as the WUI or wildland urban interface). Our atmosphere’s CO₂ is at dangerous levels and climbing. Roughly 80% of our population is found in the Urban Core, yet we are losing an average of 27% tree cover in cities per year, including all the services that come from them (Nowak and Greenfield 2012, 21). Heat island effect is getting worse as we put in more concrete, asphalt, dark colored roofs, and buildings. The link between these challenges are the methods in which we prepare for wildfire, develop our cities, and foster our varying types of forests. Mind The Divide provides recommended standards to guide the development of proactive management strategies in building up and maintaining healthy urban and wild forests.

Our Community’s Trees. Our Community’s Benefits.

About the Benefits

City Design and Development

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Human Health

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Air Quality

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Community Safety

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Economic Improvement

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Water Quality

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Equity

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Climate Change

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