trees http://wfpl.org en Louisville Needs More Trees to Curb Fast-Growing Urban Heat Island Effect, Researcher Says http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-needs-more-trees-curb-fast-growing-urban-heat-island-effect-researcher-says <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Downtown Louisville residents live in one of the fastest growing urban heat islands in the U.S., according to preliminary results of an ongoing study.</span></p><p>A city’s urban heat island effect is defined as the temperature difference of rural areas compared to downtown areas.&nbsp; That temperature difference in Louisville ranked highest among 50 of the country’s largest metropolitan areas, according to the study by Brian Stone, a professor of City and Regional Planning at Georgia Tech.</p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 10:55:33 +0000 Jacob Ryan 9583 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Needs More Trees to Curb Fast-Growing Urban Heat Island Effect, Researcher Says Louisville Picks a Firm to Assess the Tree Canopy http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-picks-firm-assess-tree-canopy <p>Metro Louisville has hired a firm to do the city's first tree canopy assessment.</p><p>The city has a long-term goal of getting to a 45-percent tree canopy coverage, with specific goals of minimizing the<a href="/term/urban-heat-island"> urban heat island effect </a>and improving stormwater drainage. It could also reduce smog and ozone alert days "by cooling the city's atmosphere," the city said.</p><p>The assessment is meant to help the city reach that goal.<a href="http://www.davey.com/davey-resource-group/"> Davey Resource Group</a> will undertake it.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Joseph Lord 9302 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Picks a Firm to Assess the Tree Canopy Louisville Launches Online Tree Tracker http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-launches-online-tree-tracker <p>An online tracking system has been launched to help monitor and coordinate tree planting around Louisville as residents and officials work to reach Mayor Fischer’s goal of planting 10,000 new trees by 2015.</p><p>To date, nearly 8,400 trees have been planted.</p><p>Louisville’s Tree Advisory Commission has partnered with Brightside to launch the tracker and officials encourage residents, businesses and neighborhood groups to register all trees planted as early as 2011.</p><p>Erin Thompson, the city’s urban forestry coordinator, said the winter season is a great time to plant trees.</p> Sat, 28 Dec 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Jacob Ryan 8052 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Launches Online Tree Tracker Kentucky Forest Analysis Predicts Industry Will Continue to Grow http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-forest-analysis-predicts-industry-will-continue-grow <p>A new analysis of Kentucky’s forest industry estimates that related businesses contributed nearly $13 billion to the state’s economy this year.</p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Erica Peterson 7982 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Forest Analysis Predicts Industry Will Continue to Grow Louisville Makes Plans for City Trees, Hires Urban Forester http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-makes-plans-city-trees-hires-urban-forester <p>Louisville’s tree canopy is slowly increasing, due to private and public investment.</p><p>Mayor Greg Fischer announced Thursday that waste hauler EcoTech has upped its previous commitment to plant 1,000 trees in Louisville over the next decade.</p><p>Now, the company plans to plant 1,500 trees.</p> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 15:08:38 +0000 Erica Peterson 7313 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Makes Plans for City Trees, Hires Urban Forester Louisville Could Benefit From a Tree Ordinance, Expert Says http://wfpl.org/post/louisville-could-benefit-tree-ordinance-expert-says <p>Louisville’s tree canopy has been reduced in recent years by invasive pests and storms. Several steps have been taken to begin looking at the issue, but the city still lacks a comprehensive tree ordinance.</p><p>Enter Ed Macie. He’s a regional urban forester with the U.S. Forest Service who’s been helping cities craft tree ordinances for decades. And he’ll be in Louisville today and tomorrow to discuss the benefits of such an ordinance.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 21:40:01 +0000 Erica Peterson 6866 at http://wfpl.org Louisville Could Benefit From a Tree Ordinance, Expert Says More on the Emerald Ash Borer, and Personal Responsibility http://wfpl.org/post/more-emerald-ash-borer-and-personal-responsibility <p>Last week, <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/emerald-ash-borer-still-threat-louisvilles-trees-city-response-piecemeal" target="_blank">I wrote about emerald ash borers in Louisville</a>, and the toll the pest could take on the city’s tree canopy. So, if you have an ash tree in your yard, what can you do?</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 17:53:55 +0000 Erica Peterson 5761 at http://wfpl.org More on the Emerald Ash Borer, and Personal Responsibility Emerald Ash Borer Still a Threat to Louisville's Trees, But City Response is Piecemeal http://wfpl.org/post/emerald-ash-borer-still-threat-louisvilles-trees-city-response-piecemeal <p>As Louisville begins to confront an urban tree canopy decimated by drought and storms, another hazard is poised to do even more damage. <a href="http://www.emeraldashborer.info/#sthash.GH6og1Kq.dpbs" target="_blank">Emerald ash borers</a> are invasive beetles that attack ash trees; if the trees aren’t treated, the pest could wipe out most or all of Louisville’s ash trees. But the city still lacks a comprehensive plan to combat the insect.</p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 16:05:35 +0000 Erica Peterson 5687 at http://wfpl.org Emerald Ash Borer Still a Threat to Louisville's Trees, But City Response is Piecemeal Event Aims to Map Downtown Louisville's Tree Canopy http://wfpl.org/post/event-aims-map-downtown-louisvilles-tree-canopy <p>Louisville’s <a href="http://udstudio.org/" target="_blank">Urban Design Studio</a> is looking for help cataloging downtown trees.</p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 20:21:47 +0000 Erica Peterson 4892 at http://wfpl.org Event Aims to Map Downtown Louisville's Tree Canopy Experts Say Tree Removed for Speed Expansion Was Only 60 Years Old http://wfpl.org/post/experts-say-tree-removed-speed-expansion-was-only-60-years-old <p>The<a href="http://www.speedmuseum.org/" target="_blank"> Speed Art Museum</a> has produced photos (see image) showing the <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/de-treed-speed-museum-expansion-fells-300-year-old-oak" target="_blank">supposedly 300-year-old tree </a>that was <a href="http://wfpl.org/post/mystery-old-campus-oak-erica-peterson-adventure" target="_blank">removed last year to make way for the museum’s expansion.</a> The first picture is from 1974, the second is more recent.</p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 21:09:42 +0000 Erica Peterson 3981 at http://wfpl.org Experts Say Tree Removed for Speed Expansion Was Only 60 Years Old