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Cities learning the value of conserving tree canopy PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Muir   
Sunday, December 30 2007
Cities learning the value of conserving tree canopy

The older, larger trees hold the greatest value for a community. A healthy 30-inch tree removes 70 times more air pollution per year than a 3-inch tree, a researcher with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service found.

Yet under most ordinances, developers find it cheaper to bulldoze the full-grown trees and plant a bunch of saplings -- or pay a penalty fee -- rather than spend the time and money to design around the mature trees and protect them during construction, said Max Spann, Orlando section chairman for the American Society of Landscape Architects and a landscape architect with Glatting Jackson.

For more details, read the Orlando Sentinel article .
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