Cities are growing as our populations continue to grow and our demand for houses. As we clear urban forests or neglect to allocate consistent funds to manage and maintain healthy urban forests, we lose. The current practice of clearing forests for large track-house, mini-mansion, or apartment developments is fast and easy and causes irreparable damage. Those trees are 70 - 100 years old; have a diversity of species not easily replaced and were the home to birds we love like the red-tailed hawk and vireos. Replacing sourwood, blackgum, hickories and others is expensive because of the way they root.
Studies looking at the role of cities and their urban forests as conservation sites for the biodiversity losses in ad