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Georgia ReLeaf

2020 Georgia ReLeaf grants distributed

Five communities and organizations were recently awarded Georgia ReLeaf funding from the Georgia Tree Council for projects that replace tree canopy lost to storms or tree planting projects that honor or benefit military veterans:  The City of Clayton for Project Never ForgetPiedmont Park Conservancy for restoring tree canopy in Piedmont Park, the Town of Good Hope for replanting trees in the town playground that were lost to storm damage, City of Fort Oglethorpe for replanting playground trees lost to a tornado, and Hamilton Gardens at Lake Chatuge for tree restoration.   


ABOUT GEORGIA RELEAF:

Each year, a limited amount of funding is available to support tree planting projects  through Georgia Tree Council's Georgia ReLeaf program.  Eligible projects must fall into one of two categories:  1) Tree planting on public property to replace canopy lost to storms or 2) Tree planting projects that honor or benefit military veterans.  The grant deadline for this year's regular Georgia ReLeaf funding will be announced later in the year.

Government agencies, non-profit organizations and educational institutions are eligible to apply

The Georgia ReLeaf Program is not intended for the purpose of beautification tree plantings. 

The objectives of the Georgia ReLeaf Program are to:

1)    Restore the environmental, economic, and social health of Georgia communities

2)    Help sustain health and diversity in Georgia’s urban forests

3)    Provide technical assistance to communities

4)    Improve planning efforts of city administrators, municipal tree departments and tree boards

5)    Provide opportunities and recognition for veterans who have served our country in the armed forces.


Southwest Georgia ReLeaf Projects Selected

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.  The 2020-21 Southwest Georgia ReLeaf grant recipients are 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," and the City of Cordele for tree planting in the "Sunnyside Veterans Memorial."

 


Additional past projects assisted with Georgia ReLeaf funding:

City of Norwood, GA   
Project:  Norwood Veterans Memorial Park 
This project is planting trees in a park created to be dedicated to veterans for their service to our country.

City of Fort Oglethorpe, GA        
Project: Honor Park -  For Those Who Serve  
This project is planting trees in a park created as a memorial to those who made the ultimate sacrifice while providing a peaceful haven for all who seek a place for reflection.

Camden County, GA           
Project: Camden County ReLeaf Program  
This project is planting trees to replace tree canopy, lost to Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Irma, in and around five local parks.

Town of Thunderbolt, GA                                                                          
Project: Thunderbolt, Georgia Tree Restoration Project                                                                                                       
This project is identifying and replacing trees that have been damaged by storms in the past several years and restoring the town’s tree canopy.

The City of Statesboro, GA                                                                                   
Project: City of Statesboro ReLeaf project                                                                     
This project is replacing trees lost during Hurricane Matthew in Edgewood Acres Park, Willie McTell Walking Trail, and Eastside Cemetery.

Thomasville Landmarks                                                                                              
Project:  ReLeaf Thomasville                                                                                             
This project will replace trees lost to storms in Thomasville, GA, a city legendary for its live oak trees.

The Jekyll Island Authority
Project:  Captain Wylly Scenic Corridor Enhancement Project                                   
The purpose of this project is to restore the tree canopy that was damaged during Hurricane Matthew on Jekyll Island, GA.

For a complete list of all Georgia ReLeaf grantees since 2011, click here.

The history of the Georgia ReLeaf program:

In April, 2011, tornadoes struck many southern U.S. states, taking lives and 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 Urban Forest Council (GUFC), in cooperation with the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC), established the Georgia ReLeaf  program to bring urban forests back to life by planting trees in public areas such as parks, schools, main streets, and business districts.

In addition to tree planting for canopy restoration, the Georgia ReLeaf program also makes funding available for tree planting projects benefitting or involving our military veterans who have served our country.  Examples of projects in this category can include tree planting at facilities such as veterans hospitals, memorial parks, and rehabilitation centers or other tree planting projects that involve veterans in the project implementat


THANK YOU!

And we thank the numerous individual donors for their contributions to Georgia ReLeaf over the years.  You are helping us sustain Georgia's green legacy.

 


Please watch this video to learn about the Georgia ReLeaf efforts in South Georgia in 2017. During 2016-17 storms, wind gusts were felt 50 miles inland, and Savannah and Tybee Island experienced 71-96 miles per hour winds. The Georgia Forestry Commission surveyed the damage and storm-generated tree debris left, finding the highest amount of damage in Chatham County. But other communities experienced damage as well, urban areas with the greatest canopy suffered the most tree loss. In Statesboro, for example, over a thousand trees were affected.

Won't you help support the Georgia ReLeaf program?

Your individual donation to the Georgia ReLeaf program is fully tax-deductible and helps us help communities across Georgia replant trees lost to storms.  Your contribution also supports tree-planting projects that honor or benefit our military veterans.  To donate, just fill out the fields below, and follow the prompts for checkout with your credit card.  You may also send in a donation as an electronic payment or through the U.S. mail.

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