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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

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.

What if we all gave on one day? We can! On Dec. 1, our community will come together for 24 hours of unprecedented giving day to support the amazing work of the Georgia Tree Council through GAgives on #GivingTuesday. Georgia Tree Council - a nonprofit that is dedicated to sustaining Georgia’s green legacy by partnering with individuals, organizations, and communities in raising awareness toward improving and maintaining Georgia’s community forests - is one of the charities participating in GAgives on #GivingTuesday.

Help us raise awareness and funds for Georgia Tree Council by saving the date and making a donation online on Dec. 1 at https://www.gagives.org/organization/Georgia-Tree-Council. Dec. 1 is the day to give!

An urban forest strike team, led by Seth Hawkins, Georgia Forestry Commission Community Forester and Georgia Tree Council Board member, have been in the City of Mobile to assess the trees damaged by Hurricane Sally. Read about their important work.

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.