Elizabeth Hill, a graduate student at the University of Georgia, has initiated a broad research project that could change the way communities in north Georgia have traditionally understood how land policy affects the local environment.
The purpose of this research, which is being funded by the United States Forest Service (USFS), is to evaluate the impact of government land use policies on tree canopy coverage. The project focuses on the 28-county metropolitan Atlanta region and the respective incorporated cities. The research method will gather data from a sophisticated online survey, distributed to arborists, urban planners, decision-makers, community groups, nonprofits, and experts and agents from a variety of fields. Ms. Hill's study is unique because participants are be given the opportunity to report data both for their own community and other communities in the metropolitan Atlanta region.
For more information, contact The Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Georgia,706-542-0843.