Kasey Krouse, Knoxville's Urban Forester
You may not give much thought to where trees grow around town, but for the first time, the City of Knoxville has its very own urban forester to make sure its done right.
Kasey Krouse's job is to manage the city's forestry program, which overseas the care of current trees and where new ones are planted.
Krouse says proper planning not only makes the city prettier, but can cut costs and help improve people's overall well-being.
He says he's got a lot of goals for the city's forestry management plan.
"We're planting trees properly. We're going to be pruning trees properly, and making sure those practices are in place. That way, our short-term investment can turn into a benefit for the community," says Krouse.
One of the big goals Krouse hopes to tackle is making the tree population in Knoxville more diverse. This would prevent pests from wiping out trees in the city if they came into the area.