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Richard Alles

Region: Hill Country

Topics: Trees, Forests, Development, Zoning, Watersheds, Water Quality

Richard Alles is the executive director for the Citizens Tree Coalition in San Antonio, which works to protect urban trees.  The Coalition has noted that urban trees provide stormwater protection, air pollution removal, energy use reduction, historic ties, and property value enhancement.  The Coalition was formed in 1999 in response to concerns about tree-clearing associated with commercial and subdivision development and road construction.  A 2002 study found that San Antonio had lost 45,000 net acres of urban tree canopy from 1985 through 2001.  In response, Alles and the Coalition have worked on organizing tree plantings, strengthening tree-protection ordinances, and pressing for ordinance enforcement.


February 15, 2006
San Antonio, Texas
Reels 2332 and 2333

Please see a brief Real Media video excerpt from our interview with Mr. Alles.

Please see the uncut video (reels 2332 and 2333) or the  transcript from Mr. Alles' full  interview.



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