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Atlanta’s nicknames cover a variety of unique things about the city, like Empire of the South, the Black Mecca, more notably in music, A-Town. But there’s another one it’s fighting to keep, “City in a Forest.” 

If you’ve ever flown over Atlanta, you’ve probably noticed it looks different than other major cities. Its 47% tree cover is the highest among them. That’s More than Charlotte, Minneapolis, Denver and Los Angeles.  

Cindy Hill

Savannah is the greenest city in Georgia this weekend as thousands celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The state’s first capitol city is going green in another way.

GPB’s Cindy Hill takes us inside the Urban Tree Nursery Project that’s training apprentice arborists to grow and care for the city’s famous tree canopy.

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Daylight saving time is behind us, and spring is just around the corner. To celebrate, "On Second Thought" is reflecting on a Southern icon: The Quercus virginiana is Georgia's official tree. It's better known as the live oak tree and has held the title since 1937. 

These majestic, ancient trees are symbols of the South in postcards, films and online travel sites. Greg Levine from Trees Atlanta stopped by the show to explain the history and nature of live oak trees. 

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Atlanta is known as the “city in a forest." More than 1/3 of the city is covered in trees, standing well above most American cities

But as Atlanta experiences a development boom, the green canopy is shrinking. Private property is the main factor behind this destruction.