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Environment
6:55 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Louisville Needs More Trees to Curb Fast-Growing Urban Heat Island Effect, Researcher Says

Credit Urban Climate Lab/Georgia Institute of Technology

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.

A city’s urban heat island effect is defined as the temperature difference of rural areas compared to downtown areas.  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.

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Environment
7:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Louisville Picks a Firm to Assess the Tree Canopy

Credit Census Data / Wikimedia Commons

Metro Louisville has hired a firm to do the city's first tree canopy assessment.

The city has a long-term goal of getting to a 45-percent tree canopy coverage, with specific goals of minimizing the urban heat island effect and improving stormwater drainage. It could also reduce smog and ozone alert days "by cooling the city's atmosphere," the city said.

The assessment is meant to help the city reach that goal. Davey Resource Group will undertake it.

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Environment
9:00 am
Sat December 28, 2013

Louisville Launches Online Tree Tracker

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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.

To date, nearly 8,400 trees have been planted.

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.

Erin Thompson, the city’s urban forestry coordinator, said the winter season is a great time to plant trees.

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Environment
8:00 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Kentucky Forest Analysis Predicts Industry Will Continue to Grow

Credit Kentucky Division of Forestry

A new analysis of Kentucky’s forest industry estimates that related businesses contributed nearly $13 billion to the state’s economy this year.

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Environment
11:08 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Louisville Makes Plans for City Trees, Hires Urban Forester

Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL

Louisville’s tree canopy is slowly increasing, due to private and public investment.

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.

Now, the company plans to plant 1,500 trees.

Fischer also announced the hiring of an urban forester for Louisville—Erin Thompson. She will  be responsible for creating a city-wide tree canopy assessment, and will also be involved in planting the trees announced Thursday.

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Environment
5:40 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Louisville Could Benefit From a Tree Ordinance, Expert Says

Census Data Wikimedia Commons

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.

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.

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Environment
1:53 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

More on the Emerald Ash Borer, and Personal Responsibility

Jacob Trader of Limbwalker getting ready to treat an ash tree in Cherokee Park.
Erica Peterson WFPL

Last week, I wrote about emerald ash borers in Louisville, 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?

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Environment
12:05 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Emerald Ash Borer Still a Threat to Louisville's Trees, But City Response is Piecemeal

Jacob Trader of Limbwalker getting ready to treat an ash tree in Cherokee Park.
Erica Peterson WFPL

As Louisville begins to confront an urban tree canopy decimated by drought and storms, another hazard is poised to do even more damage. Emerald ash borers 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.

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Environment
4:21 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Event Aims to Map Downtown Louisville's Tree Canopy

Census Data Wikimedia Commons

Louisville’s Urban Design Studio is looking for help cataloging downtown trees.

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Environment
4:09 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Experts Say Tree Removed for Speed Expansion Was Only 60 Years Old

The mystery tree in 1974, left, and recently, right.
Speed Art Museum

The Speed Art Museum has produced photos (see image) showing the supposedly 300-year-old tree that was removed last year to make way for the museum’s expansion. The first picture is from 1974, the second is more recent.

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