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Are you seeking to become an ISA Certified Arborist®? Our online course can help! Over seven 2-3 hour webinars, our instructors will help you with talks on the ISA Certified Arborist® Study Guide chapters and give you guidance on applying to take the exam and finding an exam. Instructors and certified arborists Rob Swanson and Susan Russell will 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.

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.

"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 NationalGeographic.com by clicking on the green icon at the right.