By Guest Columnist GREG RAMSEY, founder of Village Habitat Design
Our last forests in and around Atlanta (The City of Trees) are under assault. Sites are needlessly being cut and scraped to further a suburban, conventional style development pattern that has consumed most of the woodlands and farms in and around Atlanta. We are left with a limited number of “forest enclaves” on the remaining private tracts of land, and they are awaiting a similar fate.
So, what can be done to turn this devastating trend around and save the majority of these remaining forested areas? Certain outstanding and unique forested areas can be preserved through special dedicated municipal or nonprofit funds – but what of all the other sites?
Trying to stop “growth” is not a likely option. Cities and towns need to maintain a viable tax base and a balance of real estate…