The February issue of the Urban Update newsletter (click the link above) is full of information for tree board members, including a list of recertified Georgia Tree City USAs, information about the Mayor’s Symposium on Trees and Statewide Arbor Day Celebration on February 17th at Trees Atlanta,  A tree board webinar series, Arbor Day facts, food forests, a tree risk workshop in coastal Georgia, and more!

Happy Arbor Day!

Tree Team

Berry College Tree Team

From the Georgia Forestry Commission, Sustainable Community Forestry Program

Attention for Tree Campus USAs and ACTrees members in Georgia.


In celebration of National Arbor Day on April 29, 2016, the Arbor Day Foundation is offering Tree Campus USA® Mini-Awards to support Arbor Day celebrations this spring!

Current Alliance for Community Trees (ACT) member organizations (Trees Atlanta, Georgia Urban Forest Council, Savannah Tree Foundation, Trees Columbus, coastal Bryan Tree Foundation), recognized Tree Campuses, or those college campuses planning on submitting for recognition in 2016 are eligible to apply for one of fifteen awards for up to $1,000 in cash assistance to hold a joint Arbor Day celebration between the college campus and the ACT member organization during spring 2016.

The celebration event must be centered around tree planting, care, education, or other urban forestry activities AND photos, videos, and/or impact stories must be collected from college student participants.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to help foster the next generation of environmental stewards. Click here to learn more and apply today!

Georgia’s Tree Campus USAs include Agnes Scott College, Albany Technical College, Berry College, Clayton State University, Emory University, Georgia Tech, Gwinnett Tech, Middle Georgia State University, Oxford College of Emory University, Spelman College, University of Georgia, University of West Georgia and Valdosta State.


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Trees Atlanta is excited to announce the 2016 Junior TreeKeepers Day Camps at the Trees Atlanta TreeHouse!

For Junior TreeKeepers, every day is a new adventure! Explore the outdoors with hands-on activities in environmental science, biking the Atlanta BeltLine, field trips to local attractions and more!

Rising 1st – 6th grade students


Regular Drop Off: 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM
Program: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Regular Pick Up: 3:00 PM – 3:15 PM

Early and late care options available.


Each day begins and ends at the Trees Atlanta TreeHouse

112 Krog Street NE (The Stove Works Building)
Suite 7
Atlanta, GA 30316



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The Georgia Urban Forest Council recently funded Project Pay It Forward in the City of Valdosta through a Georgia ReLeaf grant.

The purpose of Project Pay It Forward is to partner with the American Legion Post 13 on a community event to improve the quality of life for veterans and future generations, while recognizing veterans for the contributions and sacrifices they have made for our country.

Funding helped purchase 7 trees to be planted within the city right-of-way. A Ginkgo tree was planed to replace a diseased/dying Ginkgo that was planted in 1994 in memory of Margaret Ashely Greene – Gold Star Mother, WWI. In conjunction with the tree planting, the volunteers helped to clean-up the flower beds and place new pine straw.

The project work day was held on Saturday November 7th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. City staff performed work (e.g. grading, preparing holes for trees, etc.) the week ahead of time. In addition, the Home Depot Distribution Center provided 16 volunteers on November 6th to help remove weeds and lay sod. 32 volunteers participated in the project work day and assisted with leveling the locations where the trees and flower beds are located, installed 30 plants, removing weeds, trimming back overgrowth, and placing new pine straw. In addition, 65 cards were made for veterans and three aged signs were replaced (e.g. handicap parking). Following the planting of the Ginkgo tree, city staff thanked everyone for helping to make this project possible and shared information on the Georgia ReLeaf grant program that made the project possible. In addition, city staff surprised the American Legion Post 13 members with historical information on the Gold Star Mother and her son, Captain J. Gardner Greene who was killed in WWI on September 12, 1918 since the original records had been lost.

On November 11th, the American Legion Post 13 hosted the community Veterans Day Ceremony at Bzaemore – Hyder Stadium, which is located directly across the street from the American Legion. Everyone was invited to the American Legion for lunch and to celebrate the Marine’s 240th birthday. Patriotic bows where placed on each tree and a tag that included information on the grant and the project partners. The total project cost was $7,838.20, which includes $2,725 in grant funds and $5,113.20 in donations / in-kind services and local funds.


Keep Georgia Beautiful is Celebrating 25 Years of Treecycling in Georgia!

Bring One for the Chipper is Georgia’s annual Christmas tree recycling program. Each year, Keep Georgia Beautiful works with private sponsors to organize the recycling event. These statewide sponsors included The Home Depot, The Davey Tree Expert Company, Georgia Forestry Commission and WXIA-TV. Numerous local sponsors and volunteers also make contributions and provide in-kind services across the state.

The Chipper program involves hundreds of Georgia communities and thousands of volunteers. Since its inception, the program has recycled an estimated 6 million Christmas trees. The mulch from these trees has been used for playgrounds, local government beautification projects, and individual yards. You can support the Chipper program by bringing your cut Christmas tree to a designated drop off site or volunteering with your local coordinator to collect trees.

Join us for a comprehensive web-based instructional series that will introduce the latest tools in the i-Tree software suite, as well as bring you up to date on the improvements that have been made to the i-Tree collection of inventory, analysis and reporting tools for urban and community forests. i-Tree is a state-of-the-art, peer-reviewed software suite from the USDA Forest Service, and its partners, that provides urban forestry analysis and benefits assessment tools.

The online training seminar series will take place monthly
, with live, interactive sessions led by members of the i-Tree development team and other instructors. This web-based series will introduce i-Tree to you, help you understand its value as an important tool in your urban forest management toolkit and provide you with hands-on demonstrations related to the installation, use and reporting components of the software suite.

The series begins Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 1:00 PM (Eastern) and continues every month on the third Wednesday, beginning at the same time. The sessions will provide a in-depth examination of the i-Tree tools and provide the opportunity for exploring the software on your own between each session, in order to get the most out of the informational sessions. There will be time devoted to Questions and Answers during the sessions, as well as an online discussion board for expanded conversation between workshop attendees.

Please visit http://www.unri.org/itreeworkshops/ to learn more, and to find the log-in details. A complete calendar of dates and presentation topics can be found below.  Plan to attend as many of the sessions as you would like.

i-Tree 2016 Workshop Dates & Topics…

All instructional sessions begin at 1:00 PM (Eastern)

December 16, 2015 –  i-Tree LANDSCAPE

January 20, 2016 – What’s New in i-Tree ECO

February 17, 2016 – Looking at i-Tree HYDRO

March 16, 2016 – i-Tree DESIGN and CANOPY

April 20, 2016 i-Tree STREETS

May 18, 2015 – i-Tree Roundtable: Answering Your Questions About Using i-Tree

June 15, 2015 – Using i-Tree VUE and STORM

July 20, 2015 – Introducing i-Tree Landscape

August 16, 2016 – What’s New in i-Tree ECO

September 20, 2016 – Looking at i-Tree HYDRO

October, 19, 2016 –  DESIGN and CANOPY

November 16, 2016 i-Tree STREETS

December 21, 2016 – i-Tree Roundtable: Answering Your Questions About Using i-Tree

CEU Credits

Society of American Foresters CFE units and International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) CEUs are expected to be awarded for attending these online sessions. Each session is planned to last 1-hour.


Agnes Scott College, Tree Campus USA

The Urban Forest Sustainability & Management Audit System was designed by the US Forest Service to provide a framework for comprehensively evaluating urban forest management programs.

A checklist and spreadsheet tool were developed to:

  • engage Tree Board members and city management in policy, capacity and training, funding and accounting, authority, inventories, management plans, risk, disaster planning, standards and community,
  • provide program direction that increases the level of urban forest management,
  • conduct an analysis of management practices and the health of green assets (soil, trees) by walking the walk,
  • increase the health of the green assets managed by the program, and
    optimize this management for identified ecosystem services (i.e. reach an acceptable benefit: cost ratio).

This audit system (the checklist and the process) can be used for municipal or county urban forest management programs, or to evaluate college or corporate campus programs. The system is particularly suited for participants in Arbor Day Foundation programs such as Tree Campus USA®, Tree City USA® or Tree Line USA®.

Agnes Scott College was the first school to adopt the Urban Forest Audit framework and has had success with building urban forestry program capacity. Agnes Scott College student, Claudia Mitchell says, “The audit has helped us hold ourselves accountable for the promises we make on paper to our trees.”

Contact the Georgia Forestry Commission for assistance in conducting an Urban Forestry Audit in your community.


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