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All tree advocates embrace tree planting and understand that as trees age and die, the next generation should be planted to ensure continuous canopy cover. But cities and towns are rapidly losing trees to development, storms and poor policies and codes that don't provide adequate standards or requirements for tree saving, care or replacement. Even park and open space plans allow for removing forests for new parks rather than creating plans to conserve mature trees.  Join us for a webinar, Getting Trees on the Planning Table, on August 26, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., as Karen Firehock, Executive Director of the Green Infrastructure Center in Scottsville, Virginia, covers essential standards that should be in place and what to look for to ensure your community is not unintentionally losing tree cover over time. Also speaking will be David Shostak, Arborist for the City of Alpharetta, Georgia, who will discuss how his city works to incorporate trees into its planning process, including identifying trees for conservation.  Karen will round out the program with a talk on targeting tree planting to mitigate urban heat islands and address social inequity in tree cover.  

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 https://gatreecouncil.org/what-we-do/georgia-releaf.html 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 https://gatreecouncil.org/what-we-do/programs/landmark-historic-tree-register.html

Join this virtual program to hear how urban wood is being utilized across the South.
Topics include how COVID affected wood waste volumes, success stories of public/private partnerships, urban wood certification and more! Registration is free, but you must register in advance. ISA and SAF CEUs have been applied for.

In October 2018, Hurricane Michael caused widespread devastation in southwest Georgia destroying homes, businesses, and city infrastructure - including thriving community trees. To help restore the many environmental, economic, and social health benefits that trees provided in these storm-struck Georgia communities, the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) and the Georgia Tree Council (GTC), working in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, are offering a special edition of the Georgia ReLeaf Program. Through this program, we will work with eligible communities and organizations in southwest Georgia to restore community tree canopy impacted by Hurricane Michael by providing free trees for residents to plant near their homes.

Program Objectives
The objectives of the Southwest Georgia ReLeaf Program are to:
1) Reestablish and improve the health and diversity the tree canopy in southwest Georgia communities
2) Restore the environmental, economic, and social health benefits provided by trees in these communities.
3) Provide tree care education
4) Promote sustainability and equitability of reforestation efforts in storm-impacted communities.

Read more: https://gatreecouncil.org/what-we-do/southwest-georgia-releaf.html

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.