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LOUISVILLE MAYOR: What happened to all the trees?

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says Louisville is rapidly losing trees -- and he's asking for the public's help to reduce the trend.

According to a news release, Fischer commissioned a year-long study that shows that the city is losing 54,000 trees a year, and experienced a decline of the tree canopy from 40 percent to 37 percent in eight years.

The decline is the result of insect damage, ice storms, trees not being replaced and other factors.

"A poor tree canopy isn't just an aesthetic issue," Mayor Fischer stated in the press release. "It's a business, homeowner and health issue. Trees bring huge value to our city and its citizens. Reversing this decline must be a true community initiative."

Fischer is urging citizens and businesses to e-mail input and ideas to communityforest@louisvilleky.gov through the end of May. Ideas can also be submitted to the Sustain Louisville Facebook page.

In addition, the city will hold a series of public meetings, the first of which is scheduled for Thursday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Louisville Metro Hall at 527 W. Jefferson Street.

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