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Better data needed to save trees in stormwater mitigation

Trees are an important component of successful low impact development and stormwater mitigation practices. However, trees are often removed or severely damaged to create these very same stormwater systems. Dr. Susan Day of Virginia Tech explored this conflict in her study “Strategies to Resolve Conflicts between Trees and New LID Stormwater Best Management Practices” using a 2010 Jack Kimmel International grant from the TREE Fund. She discovered a lack of adequate data and/or tried and true techniques for using vegetation-based solutions, so developers often use the fallback method of site grading. Read more about her findings and proposed solutions at the TREE Fund website.

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