Partnerships in urban forestry place new demands on the traditional key players. With the recognition that the social and organizational processes that underlie urban living are as important as the physical fabric of our towns and cities, the urban forester's skills must now extend well beyond a knowledge of trees and woodlands. Negotiation and presentation skills are just as important for sustainable success. In order to steer projects through complex regulatory and auditing processes, it is essential to have an understanding of the political, policy and financial environment in which urban forestry has to operate. The ability to bring people and organizations together around a shared vision and to secure their long-term commitment to joint action is vital.
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