Tree study puts most of Jefferson in the shade OnlineAthens.com:
Jefferson has enough trees for now, but it's going to take work to maintain enough tree cover to keep the town cool and green through the next decade.
The results of a painstaking count of the trees, parking lots and rooftops in Jefferson released this week show that trees cover 55.8 percent of the city surface.
That will take work to maintain, said Connie Head, an arborist overseeing the city's Sustainable Community Forest Project.
'They've got a really good baseline,' Head said. 'But I consider (the 55.8 percent tree coverage) to be fragile. It could deteriorate if they're not careful.'