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The Georgia Tree Council, in partnership with the Georgia Power Company, will present a two-part virtual seminar on “Trees and Electrical Safety,” February 23 and 24, 2021, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. on both days.

During these two sessions, attendees will learn about “Working with Utilities and the High Voltage Safety Act,” “Incidental Line Clearance,” “Right Tree, Right Place,” “The Above and Below of Utility Easements,”  “Utility Arboriculture Pruning Practices” and the University of Georgia’s new Community Forestry and Arboriculture emphasis program. 

Speakers include Mark Wachter and Bill Haws of the Georgia Power Company, Davey Tree Experts’ Tim Walsh, University of Georgia’s Dr. Jason Gordon, Geoff Kempter of Asplundh, and Dan Bauer of Arbor Equity. 

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.

The pandemic has certainly refreshed Georgians’ awareness of the benefits of access to trees and greenspace, and a community loves its trees, but how do we get people involved in learning about the trees they pass as they frequent their favorite park or trail? Join us for this webinar and the State Arbor Day Event on February 16, 2021, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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.

"In some ways, crown shyness is the arboreal version of social distancing, says Meg Lowman, a forest canopy biologist and director of the TREE Foundation. “The minute you start keeping plants from physically touching each other, you can increase productivity,” she says. 'That’s the beauty of isolation … The tree is really safeguarding its own health.'" Read more at by clicking on the green icon at the right.