Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Chattanooga sets 40% UTC goal, pursues grants for analysis to develop plan; Chattanooga, TN

Chattanooga Times Free Press | City working on modeling of citywide tree cover
Chattanooga wants to take a closer look at trees across the city and figure out how to boost tree cover across town as it presses further on becoming a 'greener' city.
City Forester Gene Hyde said plans are to apply for a Lyndhurst Foundation grant to hire a consultant and also buy software that specifically would track how much canopy the city has overhead.
'We have canopy goals,' Mr. Hyde said.
Those goals include 40 percent canopy citywide and at least 17 percent of the downtown area covered in trees, he said. To get to those goals, software tracking would be used to show how much is needed and also how much is lost as any major developments come into the city, he said.

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