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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 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 funding from the U.S. Forest Service, is offering a special edition of the Georgia ReLeaf Program. The purpose of this program is to restore community tree canopy in southwest Georgia by offering grant funding to be utilized for planting trees in public areas such as parks, schools, main streets, and business districts or for conducting tree giveaway/distribution events for homeowners and community residents to encourage tree planting on private property.

We've moved our  ISA Certified Arborist® Exam Course online! Over seven sessions, 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.  Attendees will also learn about eligibility for the exam and taking the exam. The course will meet online (two-three hours per session) on October 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, and 27.

Georgia Tree Council brings you its Campus Tree Conference this year in webinar form. This program is geared not only for treekeepers at Georgia colleges and universities, but those at any campus setting. During this 3-hour online program, we'll hear a variety of speakers on how to make a good contract for arboricultural services at your campus, what a commercial tree company should expect when working with a campus, how to get your campus certified as an arboretum, and how to ensure that your campus trees and greenspace remains healthy and thriving during these challenging times. Speakers include University of Georgia's Dr. Ellen Bauske and Bodi Pennisi, Arbor Equity's Dan Bauer, and Agnes Scott College's Karina Leung.

Is your urban forest prepared for storms? Do you know how to respond?  What's the best and safest way to help your urban forest recover?  Click on the green icon here to see guidance from The Georgia Forestry Commission.

"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.