LAWRENCE - For years, Kim Bomberger has had a love for exploring and studying the importance of the trees. Bomberger, along with the Lawrence-Douglas County Planning Office, are conducting a study to find out how the trees in Douglas County benefit those who live here.
A team of five analyzes the heigh and diameter of the trees. At the end of it all, we'll know how many trees cover the country and how they play a part in our air quality, energy conservation, and storm water management.
Trees reduce carbon emissions, reduce air temperatures, and save us energy by shading buildings and blocking winter winds. Bomberger says there's millions of trees in Douglas County, and the goal is to have local leaders, planners, and residents see the results and help protect the trees.
195 plots of land all over the county were randomly selected for the study. They'll wrap up at the end of this month and have the results in the Spring of next year.