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New Tree Tracker Tool for Citizens, Businesses to Register Trees They Plant

Monday December 23, 2013

Website tool to help Louisville reach goal of 10,000 new trees

It’s now easy for individuals and organizations to help Louisville reach its goal of planting 10,000 new trees – with a new tree tracker tool available on the city’s website. The tool can help citizens, organizations and local businesses in coordinating tree planting, according to Brightside and Mayor Greg Fischer.

“We are committed to being a greener city and enlarging Louisville’s tree canopy, and we are working on many fronts with multiple partners to make this happen quickly and strategically,” Fischer said. “Having this new tool allows the entire community to be part of the effort.”

The tree tracker can be found at www.louisvilleky.gov/brightside. Fischer encouraged people to register trees planted since 2011.

One key goal of the city’s strategic plan is to plant 10,000 new trees by 2015.

Brightside has been dedicated to uniting people in clean and green activities that beautify and foster pride in our community for more than 25 years. Brightside is overseeing the city’s tree-planting efforts and coordinating with outside partners.

The Tree Advisory Commission, created by Fischer in 2011, is working with the city to help raise funds to plant more trees and is also supporting public/private partnerships to leverage tree planting with citizens and organizations. The commission’s technical advisory committee has also contributed to the city’s efforts to undertake a comprehensive tree canopy assessment, which will begin in 2014.

Trees are a vital portion of a city’s green infrastructure. When placed appropriately, a tree will assist in decreasing storm water runoff, reducing urban heat and minimizing disturbances caused by wind, dust, and noise. Trees also help the city reduce its carbon footprint and improve air quality, which in turn increases the quality of life in Louisville.