Atlanta – Introduction

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DURING the 2000s, the Atlanta metropolitan area expanded rapidly, welcoming 100,000 new residents per year which boosted the population to more than five million.[1] While the resulting housing boom was good for the city’s economy, it took a toll on the Georgia capital’s urban forest. Atlanta has lost more than 60 percent of its tree canopy since the 1970s,[2] and much of that loss is due to development. If it’s not development threatening the city’s urban forest, it’s the weather, which is why Atlanta has implemented a number of systems and protections for its urban forest.


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[1] Atlanta Regional Commission. ARC Region. Population & Housing Data. (accessed Sept. 27, 2012).

[2] Trees Atlanta. FAQs. Trees Atlanta History & Purpose. (accessed Sept. 27, 2012).