It's not Easy Being a Tree in Miami

"God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods. But he cannot save them from fools." ~John Muir

During today's Tree Summit at Jungle Island, city leaders discovered that Miami doesn't have many trees -- all those buildings have gotten in the way.

"I was shocked to find our tree canopy is very, very low," said City Commissioner Joe Sanchez, who wore a green-hued suit and a grass-colored tie.

During the half-day-long seminar, city leaders extolled the virtues of a new "canopy analysis" that will map all of the city's trees via GIS. Mayor Manny Diaz accepted $100K from the Home Depot Foundation to plant trees and everyone was still on a green high from last week's Florida Summit on Climate Change.

"I think green is here to stay," Diaz said. "Green is not a fad." --Tamara Lush


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