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Mayor Fischer announces community-wide native species planting day

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is urging everyone to get out and plant a tree.

“There's so many reasons why to do it,” he says. “We understand that trees are now vital infrastructure to the city. In some parts of the town we have an urban heat island that we need to lessen. Trees do that. It also helps with storm water runoff at the same time makes our air cleaner.”

Thursday, The mayor announced the first community-wide tree planting day on November 8th.

Fischer is asking residents to plant trees and plants that are native to this area and will thrive in our climate.

Over the past several decades, some harmful non-native species have been introduced to the area.

Fischer said increasing the city's tree canopy and plant cover is critical for many reasons. It contributes to cleaner air, helps cool the city, reduces the impact of the urban heat island effect and makes the city more attractive which helps attract new residents and business.

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