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Do you know an individual or organization deserving to be recognized for their good work for community trees? The nominations period is now open for the Georgia Tree Council's 2019 Excellence in Urban Forestry Awards.

Each year the Georgia Tree Council awards individuals, organizations, businesses, municipalities, and counties for outstanding work in protecting and enhancing our community forests. One Grand Award is given to each of the following categories: Marketing, Streetscape Revitalization, Greenspace Plan, New Development, New Initiative, Business, Media, Civic Organization, Community, Elected/Appointed Official, Education, Individual Achievement, Student, and Urban Arboriculture.

This year's award recipients will be honored at the November 7 Awards Luncheon at the Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Center in Stone Mountain Park.

THE DEADLINE FOR AWARD NOMINATIONS IS SEPTEMBER 13, 2019. Click on the green icon to read more and download a nomination form.

Trees and greenspaces get people outdoors and moving. It's good to know that doctors are now prescribing time outdoors and in nature for stress reduction and physical exercise. Read more.

$12 billion! A new study reveals that urban tree cover saves the United States up to $12 billion annually. Read more by clicking on the green icon at the right.

The Arbor Day Foundation is committed to addressing many of our critical problems through trees. Trees are an important part of the solution to many critical issues facing the planet and humankind.

Scientists from the USDA Forest Service conducted an aerial study of all fifty states and the District of Columbia and found that tree canopy is declining at a rate of about 36 million trees per year.

How do trees naturally help manage stormwater? How can campuses manage tree risk, mitigate soil compaction, and produce an inventory of campus trees? How do we ensure a greener path for all through trees and equity, community collaboration, and building the future workforce? These are just a few questions that will be discussed and answered at our upcoming programs. Click on the green icon at the right to read more.

Read about the book by Peter Wohlleben called "The Secret Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate - Discoveries from a Secret World."

The papers of Mary Helen Ray, a charter member of the Georgia Urban Forest Council and the Savannah Tree Foundation and a pioneer in the urban forestry movement in Georgia, have been donated to the Georgia Historical Society in Savannah. These papers include clippings, correspondences, books and other materials of Mary Helen Ray from 1963 to 2000. Read more about Mary Helen Ray and her papers now in the Georgia Historical Society's collection here.