Saturday, April 19 – Join the festivities in Forsyth Park to learn more about what you can do for our Earth. Be sure to swing by Savannah Tree Foundation’s booth! And remember to bring your recycling items for RecycleRama. Check out the Earth Day web site at http://www.earthdaysavannah.org.

Trees in Parks Grant program: Matching grants of up to $5,000 per park per year are available to neighborhood groups for the purchase of trees in City of Atlanta parks. Download the grant guidelines and application for more information. Contact Becky Katz at 404-546-7987 or becky@parkpride.org with any questions.


Reminder: Summer is not the best time to plant trees in Georgia, but it is a good time to start getting ready for fall tree plantings and Arbor Day (celebrated the third Friday in February in Georgia).

SMA’s 2014 conference in Charlotte, November 3rd & 4th, promises to be the best ever. Once again, we are joining up with the Partners In Community Forestry conference to share venues and activities. We’ll have a great lineup of speakers and, of course, some great pre-conference workshops.

You’ll surely want to be a part of the 50th anniversary celebration, so mark your calendar now and stay tuned for further details.

Pre-conference workshops will be held on Monday, November 4, 2014 from noon till 4 pm. The main conference will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2014. This year’s theme is “Milestones in Urban Forestry – 50 Years of Growth”, and will focus on the evolving role of the municipal arborist/urban forester. Visit this page for full proposal requirements on the SMA website.

Want More of Your Staff to Share in the 2013 Conference Experience? Relive the highlights from the 49th Annual SMA Conference and Trade Show by purchasing a virtual livecast. This is a great tool to use as a platform for sharing best practices in urban forest partnership, planning and management, in addition to offering models of sustainability and innovation across all groups who serve community trees.

• Cost: $199
• Access the entire presentation online through October, 2014
• Includes the Emerald Ash Borer Workshop and
Day 1 of the Partners in Community Forestry Conference
• Earn 12 CEUs
• Watch any time for up to one year

SMA has developed a peer-reviewed program that formally recognizes urban and community forestry programs for implementing excellent and comprehensive management practices. Accreditation is structured to build on the Arbor Day Foundation’s successful Tree City USA designation by incorporating additional professional standards deemed important by SMA for managing municipal trees. It also applies to programs internationally, not just in the United States. SMA Accreditation sets a high bar, and offers the highest recognition for notable accomplishments.

What are the benefits of becoming accredited?
• Use of the SMA Accreditation logo and promotional items, which demonstrates the quality of your program and recognition by your professional peers.
• Develops pride among citizens in your community for the forestry program, and demonstrates how tax dollars are yielding measurable results.
• Offers elected officials a public relations opportunity, and something to regularly boast about.
• Recognizes the work of your staff, and creates a source of pride.
• Gives your program a target for improving operations and upholding professionalism.

Get all the details on SMA accreditation and apply.


Professional assistance regarding your trees should be provided by an arborist who specializes in the care of individual trees. Arborists are knowledgeable about the needs of trees and are trained and equipped to provide proper care.

Certified arborists are experienced professionals who have passed an extensive examination covering all aspects of tree care. Arborists are certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and display an official logo as identification. At this time, the State of Georgia does not license or certify arborists.

To search our database of certified arborists, select the services and service area where the tree or community is located. You can also search by name for a particular arborist, urban forestry consultant or tree care company.

The Georgia Forestry Foundation invites you to participate in a statewide contest to express the value of our sustainable working forests and what they mean to you through submission of artwork with a slogan. Schools that participate in the statewide contest will have an opportunity to win a prize valued up to $35,000.

There are two levels of competition:
1) 5th through 8th grade
2) 9th through 12th grade

One winner will be selected from each level. Each winning entry will be awarded a prize valued up to $35,000, which includes a $15,000 cash award to the school, $2,500 cash award and forestry camp scholarship to the student, Project Learning Tree environmental professional development for up to 20 teachers and an invitation to attend the Georgia Teacher Conservation Workshop for two teachers from the winning schools, a field trip for students in the grade level of each winning student, and materials featuring the winning artwork and slogan.

Also, the winning students, their parents or guardians and two school staff members from each of the winning schools will be invited (expenses paid) to attend an award ceremony on Sunday, July 20 at the Georgia Forestry Association’s Annual Conference in Hilton Head Island, SC. Full description of the prize package can be found in the contest terms and conditions found in the contest details.

Visit http://www.forestry4rfuture.org for more information. The contest deadline is April 30.

Arbor Day Foundation is working with Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability on a project for National Association of Regional Councils. The goal of the project is to design tools that regional councils can use to promote robust and growing urban forestry programs among their member municipalities.

Our first step is a survey which will help sketch the current landscape for green infrastructure and urban forestry. Because this issue is important to the entire urban forestry community, we’ve agreed to distribute the survey to the 2013 Partners in Community Forestry conference attendees, and we sincerely hope you will respond. It should take less than 20 minutes of your time – and we believe the results will be useful to the entire urban forestry community.

Please note that the survey is being distributed by at least six different organizations and professional groups, so you’re likely to get several requests. Please submit only one response.

Also, with so many different disciplines responding, we urge that you provide your contact details – at least your title – at the end of the survey. This will help the Virginia Tech team analyze similarities and differences among the multiple disciplines involved in urban forestry and green infrastructure.

By clicking on the link below, you’ll go right to the survey.


Questions? Please contact Larry Wiseman at 202-258-0220 or ldwiseman@gmail.com

Thanks in advance for your cooperation. We expect to share results sometime this summer.

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