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April 02, 2006|By JOE PALAZZOLO

Rebecca Feldberg

Occupation

City arborist for the Baltimore Division of Forestry, the arm of the Department of Recreation and Parks that tends to the approximately 500,000 trees planted in city parklands, plazas and along streets.

In the news

Feldberg's division announced last week its goal of doubling Baltimore's tree canopy - the area covered by leaves - in the next 30 years. The canopy, which now covers about 20 percent of Baltimore, is expected to conserve energy, reduce pollution and raise property values as it expands. Feldberg, her staff, and city planners, along with residents and local businesses, are compiling a plan that will be released in March.

Career highlights

She worked as a consultant for a landscape architecture firm in Towson for two years before taking a job with the Arlington County, Va., parks department in 1996, as the community forestry and tree planting coordinator. She worked there until last fall, when she became Baltimore's arborist, a position that hadn't been filled in nearly a decade.

Personal

Feldberg, 55, was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and reared in Northwest Baltimore, across from Cylburn Arboretum. A long-time environmentalist and an avid gardener, she holds a degree in horticulture from University of Maryland, College Park and attended graduate school at Morgan State University to study landscape architecture. She lives in Riverdale Park and has a 25-year-old son, Ari Feldberg-Magwood, who lives in Philadelphia.

Philosophy

"I believe that trees really can improve the quality of life for citizens."

[Joe Palazzolo]

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