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An inquiry into the role of woodlands as community and cultural assets, led by project directors Constance and Thomas Merriman. They’ve identified an extensive matrix of greenspace within the Pittsburgh region’s urban environment. Because of the regional topography of mountainous plateaus with rivers and floodplains in valleys with steep hillsides, undeveloped strips and patches of woodland are woven into the built environment, resulting in a much higher than average percentage of forested urban space. The Merrimans will demonstrate, through visual representations, how this system functions and increase people’s understanding and appreciation for the value of these urban ecosystems. The citizens of this urban forest community are people, plants, animals, birds, and other living creatures. They will produce visual artifacts in collaboration with these residents and users, and present the outcomes of this experience to the public. The presentation of these visual artifacts will act as a catalyst for dialog on the topic of the value of urban ecological systems. Developing a deeper understanding of how Pittsburgh’s forest network functions and provides habitat for all the region’s residents can lead to models that could be applied in other urban areas.

If Animals and Children Could Talk: Community Forest Project Podcast