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🌳🚍 Thousands of trees may face the chop to accommodate BusConnects routes

➡️ bit.ly/ucdtreecount

🗺 @UCD_Geography Associate Prof Gerald Mills has found that there are more than 4,700 trees growing within a 20m wide corridor along the 16 bus routes earmarked
🌳🚍 "The public have seen differing news reports of the estimated loss of trees along the routes. The National Transport Authority has still not given us any specifics on the trees to be cut down.”

- Associate Prof Gerald Mills, @UCD_Geography
🌳🚍 Professor Mills counted the number of trees along each bus corridor by placing the proposed bus routes map over a satellite image of the city.

All trees within a 20m-wide zone along each road route were mapped and counted.
🌳🚍 He calculated that the trees growing within 10m either side of the planned overhauls removed and stored the equivalent of carbon produced by 8,973 cars using the routes twice a day.
🌳🚍 “Young trees do a fraction of the work of mature trees so replacing [them] with saplings will greatly diminish [this] existing resource."

- Associate Prof Gerald Mills, @UCD_Geography
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