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I have become increasingly concerned about the urban forest. One study last year indicated that in 17 of 20 municipal areas in the U.S. the percentage of canopy has decreased between 2005-2009. Most homeowners I talk to are aware that we need to plant trees but they are not as informed about the importance of protecting our mature trees. Many municipalities allow the removal of healthy mature trees for what I consider no good reason. Even some people who are professional arborists don't seem to think preserving our matures trees is an issue.
What do you think? Is the urban canopy where you live increasing or decreasing? Can you tell us where you live? Do you have any data to back up what you think?
The idea here is to start a discussion. I have talked to a lot of arborists and homeowners in Chicagoland. Some of them have concerns similar to mine, some of them don't. Some people are as passionate about trees as me, to some it is just a business. What about you?