Jason Hardin wrote today's front-pager on Greensboro's loss of tree canopy over the past several years:
In a recent 16-year stretch, the tree canopy in and around Greensboro shrank by nearly a fifth as houses, roads, shopping centers, ice storms, disease, insects and other threats decimated the urban forest that graces the Piedmont.It's a good, well-researched story.
It's too bad he didn't mention the Neighborwoods (PDF) program, a public-private partnership to help replace lost trees. Last year, the Westerwood neighborhood won the grant, and this year, my own neighborhood put in an application. If we're successful, we'll be working with the city and Greensboro Beautiful to plant hundreds of trees this fall.
Maybe Jason didn't mention Neighborwoods because it's not certain that it will be included in next year's budget.
One more thought: established canopy trees in Greensboro's historic districts are protected by the historic district design guidelines (PDF), which is one reason why those neighborhoods are so leafy. I was on the 18th floor of the Wachovia tower a while back, and you can't see a single house in Fisher Park from there, though it's right nearby -- the whole neighborhood is hidden by trees.