Pooler tries to mitigate tree canopy loss in the face of progress

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In a fast-developing city like Pooler, it’s easy to see the gains. People, cars and businesses have multiplied in the past few decades, leading residents to applaud the conveniences and lament the traffic. However, as the population and buildings continue to grow, one thing isn’t — trees.

A developing urban landscape hardly prioritizes the life of existing vegetation. From 1996 to 2014, Chatham County’s fastest-growing cities Pooler and Port Wentworth lost a total of 39% of their tree canopy, the most in the county, according to a study from the Savannah Tree Foundation.

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