Many Greenvillians may have noticed green ribbons wrapped around trees or new signs and bumper stickers for Keep Greenville Green popping up around the city.
The group is a grassroots effort developed to create awareness about the removal of large trees from the Greenville skyline.
“Keep Greenville Green [was] started by Mignon Canale and me about a month ago,” said local artist Melissa Anderson. “We have both been very concerned about the diminishing tree canopy in the city of Greenville for years [and] we have participated with other organizations that were also concerned about trees, but our focus was different. We thought we could actually get something done by keeping it simple. We began reaching out to friends and neighbors to create awareness that the large trees that frame our skyline are disappearing and with it our identity as a ‘green’ Greenville.”
Members recently encouraged the public to respond to the city of Greenville’s survey regarding its plan to strengthen tree protection and preservation.
“We are in favor of including single-family residences and affordable housing in this ordinance,” Anderson said. “Everyone deserves the benefits provided by trees. Information provided by the city shows that the canopy has declined in the past 20 years from 41% in 2001 to currently 25%. The current canopy is aging out and, if not replenished, will change the landscape by increasing temperatures, water runoff and pollution. The benefits from trees effect not only our environment, but our health and well-being, both physically and mentally. Trees are vital to quality of life.”
Keep Greenville Green plans to continue its efforts to encourage planned city growth while preserving or replacing large canopy trees. For more information, follow the organization on Instagram @Keep.Greenville.Green.