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Brookhaven wraps up Tree Month with review of Tree Fund

Post Date:02/28/2017 7:28 PM

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Brookhaven wraps up Tree Month with review of Tree Fund

Brookhaven, GA, Feb. 28, 2017 – The City of Brookhaven capped February as Tree Month with a report of the city’s Tree Fund account.  The fund’s balance is more than $21,000 for the purchase, installation and maintenance of trees in parks, right of ways and other city property, as well as the promotion of a health urban forest.

“It is imperative that we protect the rights of property owners as we facilitate responsible land development to promote canopy preservation, tree replacement and economic development,” said Brookhaven Mayor John Ernst.  “The Tree Fund gives Brookhaven a vital tool to protect the many environmental benefits to provide both economic and ecological vitality to the city and its citizens.”

Brookhaven began its celebration of Tree Month a little early, beginning on January 24 with the approval of an intergovernmental agreement to purchase and preserve 33-acres of greenspace at PDK airport.

Previously, 40 volunteers joined the City of Brookhaven and Trees Atlanta to conduct an Arbor Day Tree planting in Georgian Hills Park.  Approximately 40 trees, including maples, dogwoods, beeches and cypresses were planted.  At a separate event, dozens of volunteers with the Murphey Candler Park Conservancy planted more than 200 trees at that location. These endeavors followed a presentation to the Brookhaven City Council on Feb. 15 which revealed a 1.9 percent increase in the city's tree canopy over five years.

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Media Contacts:
Burke Brennan
Director of Communications
404-637-0709
burke.brennan@brookhavenga.gov

Ann Marie Quill
Communications Manager
404-637-0508
annmarie.quill@brookhavenga.gov
 

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