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Want to plant a tree? Do it in a city



St. Petersburg is contemplating planting hundreds of trees, perhaps paid for by some of the millons from the city's settlement with BP over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. 

Turns out the U.S. Forest Service thinks that's a pretty good ideaThe Atlantic's City Lab summarized a recent study by the federal agency showing the biggest bang for the buck for tree planting occurs in cities. U.S urban areas are also losing their tree canopy at a rate of about 4 million trees a year.

So where is Tampa Bay's Lorax? Well, former St. Petersburg Mayor David Fischer is leading the charge on one side of the bay---with the support of Mayor Rick Kriseman. Tampa, got a shout out for its successful urban forestry program from The Atlantic, a model that St. Pete hopes to emulate. 

The St. Petersburg City Council is scheduled to hear the $500,000 pitch to plant up to 550 trees and perform a tree inventory in May. 

Turns out, the Forest Service has an app for that: a free software program called i-Tree. 

Can't beat free, especially when spending a multi-million dollar windfall. 

[Last modified: Friday, April 22, 2016 1:12pm]


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