City Seeks to Protect its Canopy; Hickory's arborist wants to map tree cover; pursuit of `Tree City USA' status starts (The Charlotte Observer)

December 16, 2005 -- As Hickory develops, some city leaders are concerned about its thinning tree cover.

The topic comes up more often lately as land is cleared for new businesses and homes. Now the city is pursuing two projects aimed at keeping Hickory green.

To learn the extent of tree cover and how much Hickory has lost, the city's arborist is acquiring computer software to map the city's trees.



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