Wait! Can You Cut Down That Tree?
Did you know Atlanta is the third worst city in the U.S. for temperature rise and the fifth worst for tree loss? A record number of trees were destroyed in 2019 and 2020 surpassed it. 80% of Atlanta’s trees are located on single-family residential properties.
Shocking statistics like these have caused many Ansley Park residents to question if all tree destruction in our neighborhood is legal. Atlanta has a strict tree ordinance that requires a permit to remove a tree that is six inches or more in diameter even if it is dead, dying, or hazardous. Destroying a tree without a valid permit is a criminal offense.
If you see someone preparing to remove a tree and you are not sure they have a permit, act quickly. A tree can be irreparably damaged in an hour or less. Here are actions you can take:
Every tree counts. Use the calculator at treebenefits.com to see the value each tree contributes. If we work together, we can preserve the beautiful tree-lined streets and cooling canopy that define Ansley Park.
Wendy Kirkpatrick, History & Preservation
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