Past Georgia ReLeaf Recipients
Southwest Georgia ReLeaf Tree Giveaway Projects 2021-22
Southwest Georgia ReLeaf tree giveaway projects helped with Hurricane Michael recovery. 112 five-gallon trees were distributed in Thomasville and 240 trees were given away in Colquitt. Additional events were held in Albany, Valdosta and Hahira around Arbor Day in Feb. 2022.
Southwest Georgia ReLeaf 2021 Tree Planting Projects
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, offered a special edition of the Georgia ReLeaf Program. The purpose of this program was 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 were 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."
2020 Georgia ReLeaf grants distributed
Five communities and organizations were awarded Georgia ReLeaf funding 2020 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 Forget, Piedmont 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.
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.
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.
Additional Past Georgia ReLeaf grantees:
City of Ringgold
City of Trenton
Town of Newborn
City of Mansfield
City of Porterdale
City of Madison
City of Conyers
Savannah Tree Foundation
City of Valdosta
City of Jefferson
City of Maxeys
Keep Douglasville Beautiful