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Parks and Tree Commission outlines five year priority plan

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Trees are some of the most notable and admired elements around the Savannah area, but they also have been the center of some negative attention in the past.

On Thursday, the city council listened to some plans to improve the city's trees.

There are more than 87,000 trees the Parks and Trees Commission maintains, and on Wednesday they presented not a one year, but a five year priority plan.

The Park and Tree Commission is looking more long term this year when it comes to the department's priorities. This includes projects that don't just happen in one year, like revitalizing the Victory Drive corridor, along with making sure the trees do not become  a safety issue for tourists and locals.

The commission also discussed updating a canopy study and pushing for more underground power lines to allow for canopy trees to exist. Another major priority is to increase the number of trees we are planting each year in order to maintain Savannah's large tree inventory as old and damaged trees need to be removed.

"People look at Savannah as a tree city," said Walt Harper, chairman of the Park and Tree Commission. "That's one of the reasons that we have the tourists who come here every year, and we'd like to main that, because the mature trees that we have are not going to be with us forever."

The commission said a lot of the priorities will be dependent on money and how much can actually be budgeted to make all this happen.

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