The Savannah Tree Foundation, the City of Dublin, and Keep Golden Isles Beautiful are recipients of 2021 Georgia ReLeaf grants. Their projects are currently underway:
Savannah Tree Foundation: Big Trees for Tiny Homes - Improving Veteran's Quality of Life in Chatham County
STF and Savannah-Chatham Authority for the Homeless are partnering to plant trees at the Cove at Dundee, a 46-unit tiny home community for formerly homeless veterans. The trees will enhance veterans' quality of life by reducing noise from nearby roads, providing additional greenspace, shade to reduce temperatures, and screening for privacy between homes.
City of Dublin: The Stubbs Park Tree Project will enhance residents' quality of life by bringing more tree equity to three neighborhoods near downtown Dublin. As opportunity zones, these neighborhoods have experienced substantial tree loss in recent years. Planting trees and installing irrigation will help alleviate the tree disparity in the area.
Keep Golden Isles Beautiful: The Brunswick Community Orchard Project will plant edible orchards across lower socioeconomic beside heavily pedestrian-travelled areas in Brunswick.
A special "edition" of the Georgia ReLeaf program for Southwest Georgia distributed funding in 2020-21 to Keep Warner Robins Beautiful for their "ReLeaf Houston County" project, the City of Tifton for "Makin' the Shade in Tifton," the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District for canopy restoration in Decatur County, Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful for their "Radium Springs Trailhead Planting Project," the City of Cordele for tree planting in the "Sunnyside Veterans Memorial, " the City of Adel for "City of Adel Tree Planting Project," Spring Creek Health Cooperative and the City of Colquitt for "Shape Up Miller: In the Shade Replenishment Project."
Southwest Georgia ReLeaf tree giveaway projects are now in motion to help with Hurricane Michael recovery. On Oct. 23, 112 five-gallon trees were distributed in Thomasville and on Nov. 6, 240 trees were given away in Colquitt. Additional events will be held in Albany, Valdosta and Hahira around Arbor Day in Feb. 2022.
Each year, funding is available to support tree planting projects through Georgia Tree Council's Georgia ReLeaf program. Eligible projects must fall into one of three categories: 1) Tree planting on public property to replace canopy lost to storms, 2) Tree planting projects that honor or benefit military veterans, or 3) Tree planting projects that contribute to tree equity in under-resourced communities. The Georgia ReLeaf Program is not intended for the purpose of beautification tree plantings. To read more about the Georgia ReLeaf program, click here.