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Atlanta plans to plant 4,000 new trees, use hungry goats and sheep to eat invasive plants on public land

Atlanta’s famed and beloved urban forest is to be expanded by about 4,000 trees by April 15, 2015 under an agreement with Trees Atlanta the Atlanta City Council is slated to adopt Monday.

Sheep and goats are to be grazed on public lands in an effort to combat invasive plants, according to another part of the pending legislation. Trees Atlanta promises that the grazing will be overseen by trained volunteers at no cost to the city.

The planting comes at a time Atlanta’s trees have been stressed by years of drought, followed by a summer of exceptionally high amounts of rainfall that has saturated the soil.

Atlanta BeltLine a path for private entities to partner for public good

By Guest Columnist VALARIE WILSON, executive director of the BeltLine Partnership, a private, non-profit organization dedicated to fostering support for Atlanta’s BeltLine

Standing on the playground at Historic Fourth Ward Park on a weekend afternoon, surrounded by young families, you look down into the park, past the amphitheater toward the water and see others walking their dogs and generally moving at the sort of leisurely pace inspired by such havens within a city.

You’re in the shadow of hundreds of new apartment and condominiums built in the midst of the worst economy in a generation, filled with residents who want to live in proximity to the park and the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail on the horizon.