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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References

[1] Atlanta Regional Commission. ARC Region. Population & Housing Data. http://www.atlantaregional.com/info-center/arc-region/population-housing-data (accessed Sept. 27, 2012).

[2] Trees Atlanta. FAQs. Trees Atlanta History & Purpose. http://treesatlanta.org/faqs/ (accessed Sept. 27, 2012).