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City of Louisville gives away 200 free trees in an effort to increase tree canopy

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - They're green, they're free and they're good for the environment. 

Jefferson County residents lined up Saturday to get a free tree. 

Two-hundred trees were given away thanks to a partnership with the city and the American Bar Association. 

Louisville's Community Forester says right now the city has 37 percent tree canopy cover, but she would like to see that number increase to 45 percent over the next 40 years.

"In the long run, you want to have that much coverage across your city to help reduce things like air pollution," Louisville Community Forester Erin Thompson said. "It also helps residents reduce air conditioning costs, heating costs ... It increases property value (and) it increases the amount of oxygen in our air."

Each free tree had about a $50 dollar and there were 10 different types to choose from. 

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