Louisville’s tree canopy is experiencing a steady decline -- our city lost the equivalent of more than 54,000 trees per year between 2004 and 2012.
The 2015 Urban Tree Canopy Assessment reveals changes in tree canopy cover, neighborhood by neighborhood, over an eight year period. A number of factors contributed to this loss, including thunderstorms and ice storms, tree removal for development, and the fact that not enough new trees were planted to offset the loss of old, dying trees.
The 78 neighborhoods within the old city boundaries of Louisville have a combined canopy cover of just 26%. How does your neighborhood stack up?
Iroquois Park = 68% Cherokee Park = 55% Cherokee Gardens = 53% Brownsboro Zorn = 51% Audubon Park = 48%
University = 11% Phoenix Hill = 11% Central Business District = 8% Fairgrounds = 6% Standiford = 3%
Louisville’s trees face a number of threats: