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In summer 2008, the GIC launched its second urban demonstration project in Lynchburg, Virginia in partnership with graduate students at UVA. Lynchburg was found to have significant forest canopy overall at 57.4 percent. This is a good canopy level and exceeds the recommended minimum of 40 percent canopy cover for metropolitan areas east of the Mississippi. Using CITYGreen modeling software showed that the benefits of the existing canopy are sequestration of 6,085 tons of carbon and removal of 1,764,880 pounds of air pollution per year with a financial benefit of $4,261,614. While the City of Lynchburg should be proud of its 57.4 percent canopy, there exist many opportunities for expanding canopy and increasing related benefits for all city residents, businesses and tourists. Downtown Lynchburg's total tree canopy within the business district is only 9.5 percent and this should be increased. Several studies show that consumers are willing to shop longer and pay more in tree-lined areas, while office space and apartments sell faster and command higher rents. In addition, adding more trees will expand the quality of life for downtown residents since trees have been shown to reduce stress and improve health.

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Pictures from Lynchburg from left to right: The Healing Garden, combined sewer overflow warning sign, students learn about stormwater challenges, students sampling water quality

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Lynchburg City Trail