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Metro Atlanta paving 55 acres a day

[ Georgia ] Every day, metro Atlanta adds 55 acres’ worth of concrete, asphalt and rooftops — double the amount of new pavement since the last time it was measured in 2001, according to a new University of Georgia study. The study also showed the region continues to lose about 50 acres of trees a day — about four acres less than in 2001. On one hand, the numbers tell the story of metro Atlanta ‘s continuing prosperity. Since 2000, the region has added more than half a million people as businesses, families and young adults continue to choose Atlanta for their home. On the other hand, the study shows what we’re losing. With every new shopping center and subdivision, piney woods and small creeks are disappearing, leaving fewer places where the loudest noise is a bird call.

News notes are courtesy of Southern Forests Network News Notes





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