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It takes a forest: How intown development puts Atlanta’s tree canopy at risk

Photograph by Aerial Innovations of GA

Photograph by Aerial Innovations of GA

Despite stringent ordinances, our canopy faces a paradoxical new threat: renewed interest in urban living.

Greg Levine, coexecutive director of Trees Atlanta, says bulldozing makes it harder for any plant life to thrive. Grading a lot down to red clay scrapes out topsoil rich with plants, insects, and worms that help keep trees healthy.


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