Atlanta – Introduction
- To download Urban Forests Case Studies: Austin as a PDF, click here.
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. 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, 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.
 Atlanta Regional Commission. ARC Region. Population & Housing Data. http://www.atlantaregional.com/info-center/arc-region/population-housing-data (accessed Sept. 27, 2012).
 Trees Atlanta. FAQs. Trees Atlanta History & Purpose. http://treesatlanta.org/faqs/ (accessed Sept. 27, 2012).