Aiken announces plan to protect downtown trees

Aiken announces plan to protect downtown trees

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The city of Aiken announced a plan today to protect the city's trees. Mayor Rick Osbon held a press conference explaining how the city wants to manage nearly 8,000 trees that line 176 parkways in the downtown area. The city is looking for a firm to help conduct a tree inventory and a management plan for the urban forest. The work will be privately funded by Aiken resident Rob Johnston.
 " Aiken's trees provide many benefits in the form of shade for cooling and reduced energy consumption, reduction of air pollutants, storm water runoff reduction and water quality improvements. Our trees take care of us and we must take care of them," said the Mayor.
Aiken is a long time winner of the "Tree city USA" Award. The cost of the project has not yet been determined.

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