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First Quarter Program and State Arbor Day Event

Tuesday, February 16, 2021
10:00 am1:00 pm
First Quarter Program and State Arbor Day Event

Georgia Tree Council First Quarter Program
And the State Arbor Day Event
February 16, 2021
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Trees and Community Engagement: Growing New Champions of your Urban Forest

The pandemic has certainly refreshed Georgians’ awareness of the benefits of access to trees and greenspace. A community loves its trees, but how do we get them involved in learning about the trees they pass as they frequent their favorite park or trail? Learn about how people who live in the City of Rome, Georgia are embracing their trail system like never before and how the city is partnering with a local college on a new trail project – the Berry Trail. They’ll also be planting trees in a park area that’s been neglected, opening up new, additional access to trees and greenspace for a specific area. We’ll also learn about the use of QR codes on signage or even making pamphlets available to deepen a neighborhood’s knowledge of its trees, about mobile tree tours, and about project ideas for connecting people with their trees.

Have your notebook at hand – creative ideas from your fellow Georgia communities will fill it up!

A special feature of this February 16th program is that the Georgia Forestry Commission will honor and recognize current and new Georgia Tree City USA communities, Tree Campus USA colleges and universities, and Tree Line USA utilities.

Registration: $45

$30 for Georgia Tree Council members (use discount code GTCMEMBER (no spaces, all caps)

FREE to Georgia Tree City USA communities, Tree Campus USA colleges and universities, and Tree Line USA utilities. These groups should use the following discount codes when registering:
TREECITYUSA (no spaces, all caps)
TREECAMPUSUSA (no spaces, all caps)

TREELINEUSA (no spaces, all caps)

CEUs will be available.


Photo by Kristopher Roller for Unsplash.

Trees and Electrical Safety: A program in partnership with Georgia Power

Tuesday, February 23, 20219:00 amWednesday, February 24, 202111:30 am
Trees and Electrical Safety: A program in partnership with Georgia Power

Georgia Tree Council and the Georgia Power Company
Present “Trees and Electrical Safety”

The Georgia Tree Council, in partnership with the Georgia Power Company, will present a two-part virtual seminar on “Trees and Electrical Safety,” February 23 and 24, 2021, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. on both days.

During these two sessions, attendees will learn about “Working with Utilities and the High Voltage Safety Act,” “Incidental Line Clearance,” “Right Tree, Right Place,” “The Above and Below of Utility Easements,” “Utility Arboriculture Pruning Practices” and the University of Georgia’s new Community Forestry and Arboriculture emphasis program.

Speakers include Mark Wachter and Bill Haws of the Georgia Power Company, Davey Tree Experts’ Tim Walsh, University of Georgia’s Dr. Jason Gordon, Geoff Kempter of Asplundh, and Dan Bauer of Arbor Equity.

Speakers will address frequently-asked questions about working along electrical transmission lines, vegetation management in utility corridors, the requirements for a line clearance, thinking “further down the road” when planting trees near utility lines, why trees are pruned the way they are in utility arboriculture pruning practices, trees and hazard awareness, and what a consulting arborist needs to take into consideration when called out to a property involving electrical lines.

The registration fee for the two-session webinar is $45.
$30 for Georgia Tree Council members.
CEUs will be available for ISA-certified arborists and registered foresters.
A certificate of attendance will be available for landscape architects and other professionals for their continuing education records.

To register, visit

For more information, call 470-210-5900 or email