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Our mission is to sustain Georgia's green legacy by partnering with individuals, organizations, and communities in raising awareness toward improving and maintaining Georgia's community forests.  Learn more and get involved.

News & Notes

Join us for our annual Georgia Tree Conference in webinar form.  This year, we take a look at "Innovations in Community Forestry."  Topics include "Using Remote Sensing for Post-Storm Recovery" (Jeremy Cantor and Jacob Caggiano, PlanIt Geo) , "The Consulting Arborist as a Design Professional" (David Dechant, ISA Master Arborist, Municipal Specialist), "Tree Ecological Processors in Community Hardscapes" (Kim Coder, PhD), Technologies for Stablizing Soil Moisture (Wei Zhang), and much more. We also honor our 2021 GTC STARs - individuals under 40 years of age making valuable contributions to urban and community forestry.  

Registration fees:  $50 Georgia Tree Council members, $75 non-members

ISA Arborist CEUs: Day 1 - 2.25, Certified Arborist, Municipal Specialist, and BCMA Management. Day 2 - 2.75, Certified Arborist, Municipal Specialist, and BCMA Management. (TOTAL OF 5 ISA CEUs for both days)
Forester CFEs: 5, category 1.
A certificate of attendance is available for landscape architects and others for their CEUs records.

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2021 Georgia ReLeaf grant applications now accepted

Each year, a limited amount of funding is available to support tree planting projects through Georgia Tree Council's Georgia ReLeaf program.  Eligible projects must fall into one of three categories:  1) Tree planting on public property to replace canopy lost to storms, 2) Tree planting projects that honor or benefit military veterans, or 3)  Tree planting projects that contribute to tree equity in under-resourced communities.  The Georgia ReLeaf Program is not intended for the purpose of beautification tree plantings.

Tree giveaway events for residents that fall under these categories are also eligible for funding. Visit to read more and download the application. The deadline for applications is October 15.

A Colquitt County southern magnolia located on the square in Moultrie, Georgia has been placed on the Georgia Tree Council's Landmark and Historic Tree Register, which recognizes significant trees across Georgia. Nominated by the Moultrie's Main Street Program, this magnificent tree, estimated to be 140-150 years old, represents to many the heart and soul of the community. Many engagements and weddings have taken place under its elegant branches. The tree measures 96 foot spread, 58-inch dbh, and 52 feet tall. To read more about the Landmark and Historic Tree Register, visit

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 Georgia Tree Council and the Georgia Forestry Commission now offer those interested in becoming an ISA Certified Arborist® the opportunity to view recordings of our ISA Certified Arborist® Exam Course Webinars online.  Over seven recorded webinars, instructors and certified arborists Rob Swanson and Susan Russell help attendees prepare for the exam with talks covering Tree Biology, Tree Identification, Soil Science, Water Management, Tree Nutrition and Fertilization, Tree Selection, Installation and Establishment, Pruning, Tree Support and Lightning Protection, Diagnosis and Plant Disorders, Plant Health Care, Tree Assessment and Risk Management, Trees and Construction, Urban Forestry, Tree Worker Safety, and Climbing & Working in Trees.

The newly revised tree pruning manual is now available as a free download from the Warnell Outreach Publications website.

The title is “ Pruning Trees: Anatomical, Biological & Structural Foundations “ Manual number is “WSFNR-21-33B” (75 pages).

This manual has been revised four times over the last 22 years.

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.