"Trees and Equity, Community Collaboration, and Building the Future Workforce"
This fantastic conference featured keynote talks, breakout sessions, tours and activities, our annual awards luncheon, and a trade show. American Forests’ Eboni Hall, City of Savannah's Nick Deffley, and Greening Youth Foundation's Dr. Daniel Jones opened our conference with talks on getting diverse populations and students involved in tree care and urban forestry. Additional outstanding speakers scheduled explored canopy restoration, trees and moisture, trees and utilities, the ROI of healthy urban trees, creating parks in small towns, leveraging community engagement, and much more. Attendeees enjoyed afternoon tours: 1)a guided tour of King's Trail to view unique tree habitat, review tree ID, and learn about caring for this urban forest; 2) a guided bus tour of Stone Mountain Park's landmark trees with an optional walk through the Cox Nature Garden, and 3) for those wanting a more ambitious tour, a guided hike up Stone Mountain to review unique forested sections and see Old Man Cedar and the Georgia Oaks. Our Excellence in Urban Forestry Awards Luncheon featured outstanding work around the state.
Stay tuned for information on our 2020 Georgia Tree Conference!