Ironically, amid the chain saw's harmonious and predictable whirring in downtown New Albany, the News and Tribune's Elizabeth Beilman was reporting on a place very close to us where city government is responsive to the benefits of trees.
BRANCHING OUT: Jeffersonville works to increase urban tree canopy with downtown tree walk; 20-block downtown to showcase 60+ tree species
The multitude of health, economic, environmental and community benefits of trees has prompted Jeffersonville to begin a concerted effort to maintain and increase its urban tree canopy.
The newspaper duly notes:
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• Decrease the urban heat island effect
• Impede soil erosion
• Slow the runoff of stormwater
• Trap pollutants like carbon dioxide and air particles
• Increase property values
• Create appealing settings for commercial activity
• Encourage walking