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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)

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

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It was a pleasure to be a part of DeKalb County’s Arbor Day celebration today at the DeKalb County Commission meeting. Commissioner Kathie Gannon read the Arbor Day proclamation and white oak seedlings were distributed by Keep DeKalb Beautiful.

Happy Arbor Day!

Trees for Israel Certificate

Trees for Israel Certificate

The Georgia Forestry Commission donated seedlings to the Jewish National Fund (JNF) for a celebration at the Jewish Community Center in Dunwoody, Georgia for the Jewish New Year of the Trees, celebrated on February 4th.

This Jewish Arbor Day falls in the middle of the Jewish month of Shvat, the 15th day of the month. Today, this holiday is often celebrated by planting saplings and also by participating in a seder-meal in which the produce of trees, including fruits and nuts, are eaten.

The “My Jewish Learning” website provides this information: “Planting a tree–a concrete, practical act–has represented hope since ancient times. On Tu Bishvat in Palestine, trees were planted for children born during the previous year: for a boy, a cedar, with the wish that the child would grow to be tall and upright, for a girl, a cypress, which was graceful and fragrant. Later, branches from the cypress and cedar of a bride and groom were used to make the huppah (canopy) for their wedding ceremony. The planting was associated with two of the most important times in an individual’s life, birth and marriage, two occasions when we concentrate on the possibilities for the future.”

Here’s a link to another article about the holiday.
By Susan Larson, Gwinnett Daily Post: Putting down roots for a green history month.

To plant a tree in Israel, go to jnf.org.

City Trees Magazine

City Trees magazine is just one benefit of membership in the Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA). Go to http://www.urban-forestry.com to learn more about what membership in SMA can do for you!

The Jan/Feb edition

This edition includes an article by New York City’s City Forester David Moore called “A New Method for Streamlining Tree Selection for NYC” that all city foresters are likely to find interesting.


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