Trees 2: “Without intervention, only 21 percent of Louisville could be covered by canopy in the future.”

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New Albany announces a project, usually already formulated in whole by the time the press release goes out. There may or may not be input from the public.

No one knows what’s about to happen, and those who ask are scolded for not attending insider board meetings held at times when most people work.

Chain saws rev, trees fall, and when complaints are made, it’s always the same answer: The trees were diseased, and the tree board approved their demise.

There isn’t an iota of transparency to any of it, and this simply has to change. Louisville may be headed down the right path, and the model here looks possible for us. But we must want it first.

Tree Commission Draft Ordinance Would Change the Way Louisville Manages Trees, by Erica Peterson (WFPL)

The Louisville Metro Tree Commission holds its final meeting this evening and is expected to vote on a draft ordinance that could create a new tree commission and new city policies for tree management.

Louisville’s urban canopy is declining due to age, storms, pests and development. A recent inventory of the canopy found that the city is losing 54,000 trees a year, and without intervention, only 21 percent of Louisville could be covered by canopy in the future.

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