Friday, October 2, 2009

Council challenged to expand tree planting to private property and tree deficit areas; Charlottesville, VA

Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center: Council prepares for FY2011 budget during strategic plan update:
Another of Council’s objectives was to attain a tree canopy of at least 40%. That goal has already been reached, but the Charlottesville Planning Commission is looking at ways to go even further.
Councilor Satyendra Huja challenged the parks department to plant 500 trees by this time next year. Daly said it would be difficult to make that goal.

“We can plant 500 seedlings in the next three weeks, but you’re only going to have 20% to 25% survivability,” Daly said. He said tree plantings would be concentrated on the City’s entrance corridors and downtown.
Councilor Brown said he would like to see a program developed where the City offers to plant trees on private property, particularly in areas of town where the tree canopy does not meet the City’s goals. He proposed a “tree commission” to determine evaluate applications from residents.

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