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Welcome to the Georgia Forestry Forum! This is a podcast that explores trees and forests - the rich and renewable resources - and the innumerable benefits we humans get from them!

Today's topic is all things Georgia Arbor Day! Join Seth Hawkins of the Georgia Forestry Commission and Mary Lynne Beckley of the Georgia Tree Council for a discussion on the importance of Arbor Day, more about how you can participate in this year's festivities, and all about the importance of trees in our lives.

Join us for our annual "Trees and Electrical Safety" webinar presented in partnership with the Georgia Power Company on March 12, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Learn about the "Fundamentals of Utility Arboriculture," "Working with Utilities and the High Voltage Safety Act," "Utilizing LiDAR to Identify Hazards," and the "Importance of Community Partnerships."

ISA: 2 certified arborist, 2 utility specialist, 2 BCMA Management, 2 TW Climber Specialist, 2 TW Aerial Lift Specialist
SAF Forester: 1.5, category 1
Landscape Architects and others receive a certificate of attendance for their CEU records.

Register by clicking on the "green."

We're thrilled to be presenting the Annual Georgia Tree Conference this year at the Jekyll Island Club Resort. Attendees will enjoy informative general sessions and interesting breakouts, all with knowledgeable speakers and urban forestry experts to help you gain the knowledge you need to care for your community's urban forest.

Learn more about the Jekyll Island Club Resort here:

This event also features our Excellence in Urban Forestry Awards Luncheon, a tour of Jekyll Island's trees, and an evening reception with food, drink, and a silent auction benefitting the Georgia Tree Council's work.

CEUs will be available.

Make sure you are on our email list to receive announcements about this GTC signature educational event as details are posted!

We are excited to announce that Melanie Sparrow is Georgia Tree Council's new Outreach Coordinator. Melanie's role is to establish relationships with disadvantaged communities and assist them in receiving the community forestry resources they need such as those provided by Georgia Tree Council and its partners. The goal of the Outreach Coordinator position is to help create thriving urban forests in neighborhoods lacking the resources to establish and sustain healthy tree canopies.

Mel comes to the Georgia Tree Council with 10 years non-profit experience in water quality, local food movements and environmental education. In her spare time, she teaches yoga and spends time with her husband, dog and chickens. Welcome, Mel!

Please note that Georgia Tree Council's new phone number is 470-905-8541.

We are pleased to announce that the Georgia Tree Council has been awarded reaccreditation by the Standards for Excellence® Institute. Our participation in this national voluntary accreditation and recognition program demonstrates our continued commitment to ethics and accountability in nonprofit management and governance. The Georgia Tree Council has been awarded the Standards for Excellence® Seal since 2008, the first nonprofit organization in Georgia to do so.  To learn more about Standards for Excellence® accreditation for nonprofits, visit