Atlanta is a city in a forest.
That’s more than a tagline. Among major U.S. cities, Atlanta — the city proper, that is, excluding the suburbs for present purposes — has the most tree cover of all, at just under 50 percent.
Keep in mind, however, that not so very long ago, our urban forest was much, much larger and denser. Below is a comparison of metro Atlanta’s tree cover over time, from 1974 to 1996. (The city limits appear in red.) It’s stunning, isn’t it? Continue reading The Future of Atlanta’s Urban Forest: Second in a Series