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This free presentation by Rachel Barker, Director of Project Management at Arbormetrics Solutions, LLC, will outline three (3) key items to help you be ready for the next storm. These keys are 1) Tree Risk Assessments on identified emergency routes and major corridors, 2) Pre-established contracts for tree pruning, debris and tree removal, and 3) Establishing and identifying debris fields. These are the cornerstones to developing a Tree Risk Management Plan for your community. They will prepare you and your city for reduced debris and improved operational efficiencies while building the foundation for a comprehensive UF Emergency Storm Response Plan.

Join us on April 22 as we welcome Gabe Andrle, Georgia Audubon's Habitat Program Manager for a bird's eye view of the birds that call Georgia home. In "Birds of Georgia's Urban Forests," Gabe will give an overview of various bird groups to be on the lookout for, what makes them special, and how we can better conserve them, especially in our urban spaces. Learn how birds rely on specific plants and aspects of urban forests to survive. Lastly, get introduced to the world of birding and how you can begin to learn more and get involved. Webinar runs 2:00 - 2:45 p.m.
On May 20, we'll talk about "What Lies Beneath:  Soils, Roots, and Urban Trees," a webinar running 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  When it comes to trees, what we don't see is just as important as what we do see.  Let's go beneath the surface a take a look at what it takes to grow healthy urban trees.  Thomas Smiley, Ph.D., Plant Physiologist & Soil Scientist at Bartlett Tree Research Lab, will start our program with a talk on integral factors in having healthy urban tree roots.  Then we'll hear from Paul Josey, LA, ASLA, ISA, Principal, Wolf Josey Landscape Architects will report on "The Next 60 years: Planting Soils and Trees in Urban Design."  Finally, Kay Evanovich, Arborist for the City of Decatur, Georgia, will update us on their downtown tree planting project that incorporated structural cells and will talk about lessons learned. Click to learn more and register.

State Arbor Day Event 2021: Hear a message from Georgia Forestry Commission Director Tim Lowrimore, marking Georgia's Arbor Day and also from Georgia Tree City communities and a Georgia Tree Campus USA.

Let’s salute our first annual Georgia Tree Council STARs! The STARs list recognizes up and coming leadership in Georgia - individuals under the age of 40 -- who’ve demonstrated “Service, Teamwork, Attitude, and Results” in their work for trees and the urban forest. Read about those stellar individuals who made thie list this year: Renata Cambraia de Paiva and Mercedes Parham of Trees Columbus; Zoe Rinker and Jake Henry with the Savannah Tree Foundation; Travys Harper of Trees Atlanta; Seth Hawkins of the Georgia Forestry Commission, Randell Hunt of Georgia Power; Lindsay Walker, Sandy Springs arborist; Maegan Mullinax with ARCT Services; and Michael Glisson with Macon-Bibb County. Click on the green icon or the headline to read all about them.

Announcing Georgia Tree Council’s Tree Ordinance Central  -  your source for organization and development guidance, information about how to design your tree ordinance and examples of how other communities are “doing it."

Our new website pages are part of the Georgia Tree Council’s ongoing effort to educate about the benefits of our communities’ tree canopy and ways to conserve and enhance those benefits.  This portion of our web site is specifically designed to help those folks responsible for writing, administering, and implementing tree policy to create more effective tree ordinances.  We hope this information will help you better understand the functions and benefits of trees, the pathways available for conserving trees, the mechanisms used in regulating tree cover, and the rationale behind the various provisions commonly included in tree ordinances in Georgia.

The Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) was recently discovered attacking trees
in South Carolina. The infested area encompasses about 20 acres and is
believed to have been present for more than seven years. The beetles’ preferred hosts are maple species (Acer spp.), including boxelder, Norway, red, silver and sugar maples. Other observed hosts are birches, Ohio buckeye, elm species, horsechestnut, willows, ashes, Platinus species, mimosa, and
poplars. Learn more about how to recognize ALB attacks and current control solutions.