Preserving Columbia's Green
Natural resources are being mapped in the area. One way to see the current green zones is from the air. The aireal maps showed detailed images of Columbia's forests and natural resources.
"It's important for us to establish a baseline of information and I think that's what this project will do for us, so that two, three, four years down the road we will be able to look back and see exactly what the history has been," Assistant City Manager Tony St. Romaine said.
Officials asked citizens for their input at the meeting, before they begin the next stage of the process. The city will take their comments and enlist MU to analyze the imagery data, helping locate particular areas of concern.
"We're interested also in trees all over the city and around the city in any way that we can get them," Bruce Watts of the Columbia Climate Change Coalition said.
Many, like Buck Rikli, were glad to see the city paying attention to such an important issue.
"I think its great that the city has chosen to make a survey of the resources of the area," Rikli said.
The project will study all of the green space in the 180 square miles of Columbia. Organizers also took written comments from the crowd.