The 48-inch DBH willow oak at Blackburn Park is exhibiting early stages of decline, likely due to soil compaction by cars parking underneath it. Damage to the tree will be mitigated by radially trenching it with an air spade to get oxygen to the roots, replace soil, and alleviate compaction. The entire procedure will be demonstrated and explained at this workshop, taught by Tammy Kovar of Biological Tree Services.

COST: $45 members, $65 non-members
DATE: Wednesday, April 8, 2015
TIME: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. (lunch included)
LOCATION: Blackburn Park, 3530 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd., Brookhaven, GA 30319. The tree is across from the Tennis Center Building. Park in the upper lot at the entrance off Ashford-Dunwoody Rd.
ISA CEUs applied

More information and online registration: Georgia Arborist Association (GAA) Radial Trenching & Root Collar Examination Workshop

Jefferson’s 5th Annual Foliage Fest opens tomorrow at 10 am at City Park in Jefferson. Foliage Fest was inspired by Jefferson Heritage Tree Council as a way to maximize planting season to increase healthy urban tree canopy by putting locally grown trees into the hands of residents to plant on their own property. JHTC works to plant trees on city property and rights of way. Private plantings help increase urban tree canopy. Tree canopy is vital for cleaner air, the prevention of storm-water flooding, improved water quality, wildlife habitat, and overall better quality of life.

It’s Free, so Buy a Tree!
Admission to Foliage Fest is free and parking is free, although JHTC encourages everyone to purchase a tree to plant or give as a gift to celebrate trees and the benefits they give.

Your Brush with Fame at Foliage Fest
The schedule of events for Foliage Fest is set and includes a guest appearance by garden expert, Walter Reeves, whom you may know from newspapers, radio, GPTV or the DIY Network. Bring all of your gardening questions to him personally.

Bring a Chair and Enjoy Award-Winning Music
Music performances throughout the day feature appearances by FIVE local Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame Honorees, Jimmy Craft and Bobby Martin of Center Stage; and Clyde Beck and Sally Stites of The Sunroom Gang and Bill Long of the Now ‘n Then Band. Also featured is Mark Garrison of BlueBilly Grit, winner of the 2012 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Competition. And, Red Oak Southern Strings is back – a favorite out of the Watkinsville/Athens music scene with its Americana, folk and bluegrass favorites.

Hand-Made, Hand-Picked and Hand Cooked
You’ll see nearly 50 booths with foods, arts and crafts, canned produced, preserves, berry bushes, flowers and all sorts of locally made or grown exhibits. A list of vendors and a complete schedule can be found online at jeffersontreecouncil.org.

Weather Wise
Are you wondering about the weather and whether you should come? Current forecast says generally sunny and 75 degrees. A great day to be outdoors.

Volunteer with JHTC
Come for the day tomorrow or stay with the Jefferson Heritage Tree Council for a while by volunteering. We are always on the lookout for people passionate about making their community a better place to live through urban forestry.

Email us at growingupgreen@jeffersontreecouncil.org.
Visit us online at http://www.jeffersontreecouncil.org.

Do you know a student who deserves a scholarship for academic achievement to a fun summer camp and is interested in learning more about Georgia’s most valuable renewable resource – our forests?

For the 27th year, the Georgia Division of the Society of American Foresters is pleased to offer a five-day camp to help Georgia’s youth become more aware of the value of forest resources to Georgia’s environment, economy and everyday life. The Camp is for 12 and 13-year old girls and boys who will enter the 7th or 8th grade in the fall of 2015. This outdoor/indoor experiential camp is for inquisitive students eager to learn about forestry, wildlife, ecology, map skills, tree identification and the people who manage these vast resources.

The Camp will be held July 5-9, 2015 at the Georgia FFA/FCCLA facility located south of Covington on Lake Jackson.

We can accommodate 60 campers, on a first-application received, first-registered basis. One or two students per school will be accepted. Students who have previously attended the Camp are not eligible. For each nominee, please provide an alternate student in case the nominee is unable to attend. While the camp is supported by donations, there is a nominal registration fee of $40.00 for each camper. If financial concerns would prevent your student(s) from attending, there are opportunities to find sponsors to help with the registration fee.

Please complete the application below, ensure the commitment of the student’s parent or guardian support for their attendance, and return the form and check for each student to the designated mailing address by May 21. Acceptance notices and certificates for Honors Day presentations will be emailed to schools upon receipt of applications. We strongly encourage you to register your student(s) in enough time to honor them at your school’s end-of-year awards ceremony. Additional camp information will be mailed to the student by the first week in June.

To find out more information about the Camp, please visit http://www.gasaf.net. Questions can also be directed to Kassie Keck at the Georgia Forestry Commission in Macon (phone 478-751-3530 or FAX 478-751-3559) between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

We appreciate your nomination of a deserving student for this great opportunity and encourage you to recognize the student at your school’s honors program.


Becky Watson
2015 Camp Coordinator

July 5-9, 2015

To nominate a student, please complete the application below and return by May 21. Notification of selections will be mailed to the student by the first week of June. Please make a photocopy of your application before returning.

Mail application to:
Myrt Phillips
Georgia Forestry Commission
5645 Riggins Mill Rd.
Dry Branch, GA 31020
478.751.3528, Monday & Thursday: 8 a.m. – Noon

Please type or print legibly.

Previous attendees are not eligible. Have you attended this camp previously?
Yes ___ No ___
Student Name:_______________________________________________________
Age: _______ Gender: ________ Birth Date: _________________________
Student’s Home Mailing Address: ____________________________________
City/Zip Code: __________________County:___________
Parent or Guardian Name:______________________________________
Parent’s Phone Number: Area Code (____) ___________Email: _________
T-Shirt Size: Circle one: X Small Small Medium Large X Large XX Large (These are adult sizes)
School Name: _______________________________________
Mailing Address:____________________________________
City/Zip Code: ____________School Phone:Area Code (_____) __________
Nominating Science Teacher or Counselor:____________________________
Teacher/Counselor Email: ___________________________________________

Registration Fee of $40.00 is enclosed:Yes____ No____ (please include explanation)

Please make checks payable to Billy Lancaster SAF Forestry Youth Camp.

SHADE image 2015

The new issue of “SHADE magazine, Urban Trees Face Winter Storms” is now available in electronic and print form.

Timely topics include working with FEMA and GEMA, canopy assessments, community forest storm mitigation planning, talking to the media and more. Articles include “Document Your Way to Success,” “Don’t Strike Out!” (Urban Forest Strike Teams), “When Storms Top the News,” “Ice Storm 2014: Damage Done, Lessons Learned,” and much more. Learn from Georgia communities and their experience.

Contact the Georgia Urban Forest Council or Georgia Forestry Commission for further information about preparing community trees for ice and snow.

January 2015 SHADE (PDF)

Arbor Day 2015 tree planting Brunswick

In observance of Georgia Arbor Day, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant EcoScapes Program, the Georgia Forestry Commission and Keep Brunswick-Golden Isles Beautiful presented a short educational program and planted a native Shumard oak with 3rd and 4th grade students at the McIntyre Court unit of the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia. Assuming the stewardship responsibilities, the students will water and take care of the tree.

National Arbor Day is a day set aside for schools, civic clubs and other organizations, as well as individuals, to celebrate the importance of trees in our state and across our nation. The first Georgia Arbor Day was proclaimed by the Georgia General Assembly in December, 1890. In 1941, the General Assembly set the third Friday in February as the day of our state Arbor Day. While National Arbor Day is the third Friday in April, it is too warm at that time of the year to plant trees in Georgia.

Mulch and soil amendments provided by Golden Isles Wood Products.


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The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is an exotic invasive pest of ash trees in Georgia. It is established in numerous other states and was first found in Georgia in 2013. It has since spread to 10 metro-Atlanta counties. Emerald Ash Borer is highly destructive to all species of ash trees and nursery stock, and is a serious threat to the ash component in Georgia’s forests. To combat the spread of EAB, the state of Georgia has passed regulations which include a quarantine of counties where the pest has been discovered. The quarantine will help prevent human-assisted transport of EAB to counties where the beetle has not yet been detected. The insect has the natural ability to spread a few miles each year, but human-caused movement is capable of spreading it across our state in only few hours.

Since its discovery in Georgia, ash materials (or unprocessed wood products that potentially contain ash materials and harbor the insect) from several counties have been placed under the EAB quarantine. As EAB is detected in new counties, the quarantined areas will be updated. For more information and the most up-to-date quarantine map, please visit the Georgia Forestry Commission website.

If you are transporting loads of mixed hardwood materials (yard debris), these loads will be treated as though they may contain ash materials. These materials can be moved freely within the quarantined areas, but in order to move outside the quarantine areas, they must be treated first. Treatment includes chipping to one inch in two dimensions or composting. There is a provision within the regulations for untreated ash materials to be moved outside the quarantine area under specific times and provisions. They can only be moved between November 1 and March 1 (dormant season for the insect), they must be shipped to a facility that has been certified to handle the material, and must have documentation that is approved by the state of Georgia.

The following steps must be taken to get chips/mulch and compost certified to leave the quarantine area:

1. All chips/mulch must be 1” x 1” or smaller in two dimensions. Compost must meet EAB specifications.
2. Request a Compliance Agreement. Go to website referenced above, on the top right click on “Compliance Agreement Request” and fill out all information in the form.
3. Once you fill out the request, an EAB specialist will contact you to set up a meeting time to certify your chipper or compost pile. All chips/mulch must meet the mulch sampling protocol.
4. If the chips/mulch or compost pass, then a Compliance Agreement will be signed and the process of obtaining an e-certificate will be started. An e-certificate will be a digital symbol that can be printed on your load tickets/receipts to be turned in at a facility outside the quarantine area.
5. All Compliance Agreements will be re-certified on an annual basis.

For more information about the EAB regulations and the most up-to-date Quarantine Map, visit the website referenced above.

Any other questions can be directed to Lynne Womack – 912-515-5180 or lwomack@gfc.state.ga.us.

Transporting untreated ash from quarantined to non-quarantined areas or knowingly selling ash products from a quarantined area within a non-quarantined area without an accompanying Certificate or Limited Permit violates federal and state regulations.

Downey Trees Log Yard, Norcross, GA

Downey Trees Log Yard, Norcross, GA

Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) is hosting an informational meeting on Emerald Ash Borer regulations specifically for owners of tree care companies to provide a basic understanding of the regulations that are now in place for the movement and treatment of ash materials. Experts from GFC’s Forest Health Department and the Georgia Department of Agriculture will explain the history of Emerald Ash Borer, quarantine regulations, compliance agreements and answer any questions. March 5, 2015 – Gwinnett Technical College, 8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Free. For more information about the EAB regulations and the most up-to-date quarantine map, please visit our website, GaTrees.org. Questions about EAB regulations can be sent to Lynne Womack at lwomack@gfc.state.ga.us.

Pesticide : 3 hrs (category 23, forestry), 1 hr private, ISA: 3.5 hours, CLE: 2.5 hours (Environment), CFE: 3 hours

EAB Agenda March 5

EAB Regulations Info Sheet


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