Magazine article American Forests

Melinda Housholder, Director of Urban Forest Programs

Magazine article American Forests

Melinda Housholder, Director of Urban Forest Programs

Article excerpt

IN JUNE, I visited Nashville, one of the five cities chosen for our new Community ReLeaf program and had the pleasure of meeting with Jennifer Smith, who works with the Metro Landscape Coordination Program, to discuss the future of our project in the city.

The more I work on Community ReLeaf, the more I continue to learn that there are a lot of really great greening initiatives starting to happen in Nashville! In 2008, Mayor Karl Dean created the Green Ribbon Committee on Environmental Sustainability in order to make Nashville "the greenest and most livable city in the Southeast." With all these great initiatives, their urban forest efforts are really starting to take off.

While the Nashville urban forest canopy played an inspirational role in my youth growing up there, this is not the reason the city was chosen to be one of our 2013 Community ReLeaf projects. Nashville is a city that is expected to exponentially grow in size over the next few years. …

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