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Annual Georgia Tree Conference

2024 Annual Georgia Tree Conference is November 6-7

We're thrilled to be presenting the Annual Georgia Tree Conference this year at the Jekyll Island Club Resort.  Our conference title this year is "Supporting Urban Forest Resiliency in a Changing World." Attendees will enjoy general and breakout sessions with fantastic speakers and urban forestry experts to help you gain the knowledge you need to care for your urban forest.  

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.

A total of 12 ISA Arborist CEUs will be available.

Forester CFEs have been applied for.

Landscape Architects and others will receive a professional development certificate of attendance for their CEU records.

Download full conference agenda here.

Early-bird ticket, Georgia Tree Council Member (by Oct. 6):  $205
Early-bird ticket, Non-member (by Oct. 6):  $235
Regular ticket, Georgia Tree Council Member (after Oct. 6): $235
Regular ticket, Non-member (after Oct. 6): $260


LODGING IS SEPARATE. A BLOCK ROOMS AT THE DISCOUNTED CONFERENCE RATE OF $159 HAS BEEN SET UP FOR ATTENDEES for the 2 contracted nights of 11.5 and 11.6.24.  Click on this link to make your hotel room reservation. (Guests that would like to arrive or depart outside of those dates please call Peggy Donkel, Group Rooms Coordinator, directly at 912-635-5191, x1091 for your sleeping room reservation.)

A LIMITED NUMBER OF SCHOLARSHIPS are available for tree boards and 501 (c) 3 nonprofits that cover tuition for this conference.  We allow two individuals per organization to apply.  To download an application, click here.

2023 Annual Georgia Tree Conference

Thank you, sponsors, exhibitors, speakers and attendees for helping to make this a memorable conference.

The Columbus Georgia Convention and Trade Center, 901 Front Avenue, Columbus, GA, was the site for our 2023 Annual Georgia Tree Conference.  Our annual signature education event was attended by arborists, foresters, landscape architects, city planners, city administrators, tree boards, nonprofits, citizen tree advocates and others who work to keep a healthy tree canopy maintained in Georgia communities.

This year, we' said "Trees are the Answer!" and shared "Tools, Techniques and Data for Protecting the Benefits of the Urban Forest for the Next Five Years ... and Beyond." 

See the full conference agenda here.

For photos of the conference, click here and here.



2022 Annual Georgia Tree Conference and Trade Show - Rome, Georgia

What an educational, rewarding, and enjoyable conference we had in Rome November 1-3, 2022!  Thank you to all of our attendees, speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors for participating in an excellent event.  And thank you, City of Rome for your fantastic support of the 2022 Annual Georgia Tree Conference: "Good Tree Investments Make Environmental / Economic Sense."

Want to see photos?  We have hundreds!  Click on this Google Drive link to see them all.  Thank you, GFC  photographer Meaghan Munoz-Dickson, for documenting everything  for us and capturing the spirit of this event.

Want to review presentations?  Click here to revisit speaker slides for further study.


2021 Georgia Tree Conference - A Webinar

We presented our annual Georgia Tree Conference in webinar form November 3-4, 9 a.m. to noon on both days.  This year, we took a look at "Innovations in Community Forestry."  Topics included "Using Remote Sensing for Post-Storm Recovery" (Jeremy Cantor and Jacob Caggiano, PlanIt Geo , "New Research at Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories" (Dr. Matt Borden, Plant Pathologist), "Tree Ecological Processors in Community Hardscapes" (Kim Coder, PhD), Technologies for Stablizing Soil Moisture (Wei Zhang), and much more. We also honored our 2021 GTC STARs - individuals under 40 years of age making valuable contributions to urban and community forestry.  Thank you, sponsors, speakers, and attendees!


2020 Georgia Tree Conference - A Webinar

Thank you to speakers, sponsors and attendees of the 2020 Georgia Tree Conference:  "Embracing the Challenging -  Doing our Part Today to Preserve Tomorrow's Urban Forest."  This two day webinar of 3.5 hour sessions each covered Trees and Climate Change, Drones in the Urban Forest, Invasives on the Horizon, and much more.

2019 Georgia Tree Conference

"Trees and Equity, Community Collaboration, and Building the Future Workforce"

November 7-8, 2019

Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort

4021 Lakeview Drive, Stone Mountain, GA  30083

Our signature annual education event featured keynote talks, breakout sessions, tours and activities, our annual awards luncheon, and a trade show.  American Forests’ Eboni Hall, City of Savannah's Nick Deffley, and Greening Youth Foundation's Dr. Daniel Jones opened our conference with talks on getting diverse populations and students involved in urban forestry.  Additional outstanding speakers explored canopy restoration, trees and moisture, trees and utilities, the ROI of healthy urban trees, creating parks in small towns, and much more. Attendees enjoyed tours: 1) a guided tour of King's Trail to view unique tree habitat, review tree ID, and learn about caring for this urban forest; 2) a guided bus tour of Stone Mountain Park's landmark tree with an optional walk through the Cox Nature Garden, and 3) for those wanting a more ambitious tour, a guided hike up Stone Mountain to review unique forested sections and see Old Man Cedar and the Georgia Oaks.   Our Excellence in Urban Forestry Awards Luncheon showcased great work around the state.