An interactive website that will allow Louisville residents to get detailed information about the tree canopy thoughout Louisville and even on their property will be made public in May, a city official said this week.
The plan is to unveil the website from Davey Resource Group in time for three public meetings on the city’s new tree canopy study, said Maria Koetter, director of sustainability for Louisville. That study, released in March, found that Louisville faces what could be called a billion dollar tree rescue.
City officials on March 26 opened a 60-day public comment period on the study, which found that Louisville has been losing some 54,000 trees a year, even before the deadly emerald ash borer hit with full force.
The Davey study pegged the current tree canopy coverage at 37 percent, and found that if nothing is done, tree coverage could fall to only 31 percent by 2022 and 21 percent by 2052.
Officials have said the website will allow people to point and click their way data that is broken down by Metro Council districts, suburban cities, and census tracts, and individual parcels.
It covers tree metrics from 2004, 2008 and 2012, said Erin Thompson, the city’s urban forester. It will show changes in tree cover and identify locations where trees could be planted, including recommendations on locations that are best suited to address issues of heat and stormwater control, she said.
“I am hoping people will find it useful information,” she said.
The three meetings on May 14, May 20 and May 21 give people a chance to see results and ask questions about how the study was conducted and what the research found, Koetter said.
Reach reporter James Bruggers at (502) 582-4645 or on Twitter @jbruggers.
•May 14, 6:30 p.m., Mayor’s Gallery, Louisville Metro Hall, 527 W. Jefferson St.
•May 20, 6:30 p.m., Southwest Regional Library, 9725 Dixie Highway
•May 21, 6:30 p.m., Eastern Government Center, 200 Juneau Drive, Middletown.
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