Ironically, amid the chain saw’s harmonious and predictable whirring in downtown New Albany, the News and Tribune’s Elizabeth Beilman was reporting on a place very close to us where city government is responsive to the benefits of trees.
The multitude of health, economic, environmental and community benefits of trees has prompted Jeffersonville to begin a concerted effort to maintain and increase its urban tree canopy.
The newspaper duly notes:
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• Decrease the urban heat island effect
• Impede soil erosion
• Slow the runoff of stormwater
• Trap pollutants like carbon dioxide and air particles
• Increase property values
• Create appealing settings for commercial activity
• Encourage walking