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Join the Georgia Urban Forest Council for Pre- and Post- Tree Planting Soil Management on May 7, 2015 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Athens-Clarke County Library, 2025 Baxter Street, Athens, Georgia, Appleton Auditorium.

Dr. Larry Morris, Professor, Forest Soils, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, The University of Georgia, will discuss making site corrections before planting trees and ameliorating problems through techniques like PH adjustments and using tools such as augers and back hoes for different situations. Then he will review post-planting soil correction techniques and such tools as tree spades and hydrolic injections for problems like compaction.

Registration:  $40 members, $50 non-members Dan Bauer, ISA Board Certified Master Arborist and President of Arbor Equity, Inc. will discuss landscape trees and how they may be growing in soils that do not contain sufficient elements and factors for satisfactory growth and development. From topsoil removal on construction sites to the majestic trees in historic landscapes.

3 ISA Arborist CEUs. 3 SAF Continuing Forestry hours. Certificate of attendance available for landscape architects and others.

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With recent above-average rains and increased wind storms, it’s normal to feel vulnerable to large trees on your property falling. By taking a few simple steps, homeowners can feel safe that their trees are being maintained, and the trees will continue to add numerous health, environmental, economic and aesthetic values to the urban forest.

First, make immediate surveys of trees on the property and hire certified arborists to remedy risky tree situations.

Homeowners should conduct annual tree surveys to note any changes to tree structure and contact certified arborists, if needed. Homeowners also can perform simple annual maintenance care by season, and hire certified arborists to conduct updated tree assessments and provide major tree care actions when problems occur.

A Homeowner’s Role in Maintaining the Urban Forest, including homeowner guidelines; a homeowner’s tree survey; and tips on who certified arborists are, what they do, and how to select them are available at GaTrees.org. If you still have questions about the trees in your yard, contact a Georgia Forestry Commission community forester through the Ask the Arborist web portal.

Do-it-yourself pruning and cutting actions can be dangerous to yourself, others and the urban forest. Be watchful that professionals hired to care for trees are certified arborists and carry insurance. Otherwise, the results can cause even more harm.

Trees add many values to individual properties, neighborhoods, and cities. Here is a link to an article by Alexis Stevens of the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 7:13 p.m. Monday, April 20, 2015 | Filed in: Local News

Assessing health of trees vital to preventing falls, experts say

Historic Hopeful Church was established in 1825. The church, cemetery and garden had fallen into a state of disrepair as church membership declined. A group of community volunteers came forward and have been working this past year on restoring and preserving Hopeful Church.

Fayette County, home of Hopeful Church, was established as an original county by the State of Georgia and named in honor of General LaFayette who came from the royal court at the Palace of Versailles to help in the Revolutionary War.

In 2000, school children from Fayette County and the State of Georgia provided Georgia Forestry Commission seedlings for the Palace of Versailles following a devastating storm in Dec. 1999 that wiped out more than 10,000 trees at Versailles. Now, Hopeful Church in Fayette County has been offered a 6′ bareroot “Marie Antoinette Oak” from the royal garden. The tree is a descendant of the favorite tree of the queen. The Palace of Versailles in France is sending the  tree and their top young gardner to Hopeful Church in Fayette County for a rededication event on May 2 at 11 a.m. Georgia Forestry Commission Foresters assisted with preparing the planting hole for this special tree.

Hopeful Church has a rich history. It is the final resting place of Matthew Yates of Yates Apple fame. There are also many members of the Thornton family buried at Hopeful Church. They are direct descendants of Matthew Thornton who signed the Declaration of Independence.

Reposted from the Fayette County News: http://fayette-news.com/yates-apple-trees-fundraiser-benefits-hopeful-church/.

A grand rededication of the restored 1825 Hopeful Church building and grounds at Hwy. 92 North and New Hope Road north of Fayetteville has been scheduled for Saturday, May 2 at 11 a.m.

In the meantime, volunteer Dean Breest says there’s still plenty of work to be done around the church, and, while volunteers are welcomed pretty much any day of the week, Saturdays are the biggest work days. Only two more of those Saturdays remain between now and the rededication, and those interested in lending a hand can either just show up or call Breest at 404-915-1414 for more information.

Also in the meantime, The Art of Landscaping on Hwy. 85 in South Fayetteville is offering a limited number of Yates apple trees to anyone donating $100 or more to Hopeful 1825 Restoration, which is a 501(c)(3) organization, meaning donations are also tax deductible. According to owner Robbie Martin, 50 of the trees were specially ordered and planted and are being nurtured for this fundraiser.

According to Breest, the donor contributing the most money through the Yates apple tree fundraiser will also receive a hand-made bench built from a tree from the Hopeful Church property.

The Yates apple tree, which is said to produce an apple ideal for making cider, is perhaps the most significant tree to Fayette County history because it was developed in Fayette County by Matthew Yates (1801-1880), who happens to also be buried in the Hopeful Church cemetery, which was also spruced up over the last several months as part of the overall restoration project.

Matthew Yates is the great-grandfather of State Representative John Yates (R-Griffin), who, at the age of 93, is the oldest member and last surviving World War II veteran in the Georgia General Assembly. His district includes much of southern Fayette County.

Learn more about the Hopeful Church restoration project at www.Facebook.com/Hopeful1825.

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.

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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.

Sincerely,

Becky Watson
2015 Camp Coordinator

BILLY LANCASTER SAF FORESTRY YOUTH CAMP
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
mphillips@gfc.state.ga.us

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.

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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)

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