Thursday, February 4, 2010

Cumberland continuing efforts to conserve, boost tree canopy; Cumberland, MD

Cumberland Times-News - Cumberland continuing efforts to conserve, boost tree canopy:
Efforts to make Cumberland a greener place to live are continuing to progress, according to a presentation by Natural Resources Technician Paul Eriksson at the public meeting of the mayor and City Council.
The current goals of the initiative are to conserve Cumberland’s existing forest blocks and tree canopy and to increase the tree canopy in the core of the city from 27 to 45 percent by 2020.
“What people are concerned about is down here where people live and work,” said Eriksson, who added that the area’s forested hillsides are generally in better shape. “We’re losing shade down here.”
Eriksson said that potential approaches to meet these goals include public education, encouraging citizens to volunteer, having the city itself take action and encouraging regulatory changes to promote green development."

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