Preserving Greenspace, from the Office of Councilmember Natalyn Archibong

Councilmember Natalyn Archibong Preserves Greenspace

With a focus on preserving greenspace in Atlanta, 5th District Councilmember Natalyn Archbong has introduced and the City Council passed two ordinances. The first measure introduced in June to protect Atlanta’s Tree Canopy was a Tree Moratorium. It was introduced by Councilmembers Archibong and Carla Smith and recognizes trees provide numerous environmental and aesthetic benefits such as reduction of energy demand, cleaner air and water, stormwater management, and habitat for pollinators and wildlife. Trees also make neighborhoods and urban areas more livable by providing aesthetic, social and psychological benefits for residents.

This moratorium shall be only imposed for properties located within the following boundaries:

• Moreland Avenue to the West
• Glenwood Avenue, SE to the North
• Custer Avenue, S.E. to the South
• Flat Shoals Avenue/Bouldercrest Drive, S.E. to the East

On August 21, 2017, Councilmember Archibong introduced and the City Council adopted an ordinance to purchase 6.2 acres of forested land located at 770 Shadowridge Drive. The approval of this 1.2 million dollar acquisition reaffirms Councilmember Archibong’s commitment to protect greenspace. She believes that an effective method of protecting and maintaining Atlanta’s urban forest is to procure privately-owned property that is already forested and preserve its afforestation in perpetuity. A major benefit of purchasing afforested property, in comparison to purchasing and planting new trees, is that many trees on afforested property are mature, thus providing a benefit to the city’s tree canopy that would not be provided by a new tree for many years.

Based on the language of the legislation, the Parks and Recreation Department will maintain the property and make it available for public use. The Ormewood Forest Preservation will benefit the East Atlanta community and City of Atlanta constituents alike.The preservation of our existing tree canopy is one of the many environment friendly causes that the councilmember has championed throughout her tenure as a legislator.