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As long summer days draw near, more daylight will be available to capture photos of a truly Great American Tree. The American Grove has launched its annual competition for the extraordinary tree that will represent the nation’s canopy as 2017’s “Great American Tree.” The competition theme this year is “trees that epitomize the meaning of summer,” such as trees that provide cool summer shade, hold tire swings, or bring back summer memories.

The national competition for remarkable trees is in its third year at www.Americangrove.org. Submissions must be uploaded online by the deadline of August 4. Entries must include a description of why the tree is special, its location, species, size including (estimated) height and/or diameter, and photographs displaying the special characteristics of the nominated tree. Nominations will be shared via social media, including Facebook (The Grove), Twitter (@plantyourlegacy; #greatamericantree
#GATC17), and Instagram (@plantyourlegacy). Nominations may also be submitted as an email attachment to morgan@americangrove.org.

After the submission period has ended, American Grove members will have 10 days to cast one vote for their favorite entry. The top five vote winning trees will move on to the next round of the competition. An “all star” urban forestry panel will determine the winner of the 2017 Great American Tree, which will be announced on September 1. The first place winner will receive $500, second place is $250, and third place is $100. The winning tree will earn a feature on The American Grove homepage, along with a lasting legacy under the Great American Tree tab showing winners from previous years.
The 2016 Great American Tree was ‘The Largest Tree in Arkansas,’ a champion bald cypress.

The American Grove is an online community for sharing experiences and knowledge about trees and the benefits they provide to communities throughout the nation. It is managed by the Georgia Urban Forest Council, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to sustain Georgia’s green legacy by partnering with individuals, organizations and communities in raising awareness about improving and maintaining Georgia’s community forests. Assistance is also given by the Georgia Forestry Commission,
which provides leadership, service and education in the protection and conservation of Georgia’s forest resources. Learn more at GaTrees.org.

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Fall is the perfect time to appreciate trees, and The American Grove website has launched a competition to find 2016’s “Great American Tree.” Trees that have extraordinary color, a unique flower, feature or story are being sought for nomination, due no later than November 30.

The competition for national stand-out trees is in its second year at www.Americangrove.org. Submissions must include a photograph, a description of why the tree is special, its location, species, and size, including height and/or diameter. Nominations will be shared via social media, including Facebook (The Grove), Twitter (@plantyourlegacy; #greatamericantree), and Instagram (american_grove). Nominations may also be submitted as an email attachment to sgranbery@gfc.state.ga.us.

From December 1 – 9, after the submission period has ended, online American Grove members will be allowed one vote for a favorite entry per person. The top five vote winning trees will be placed in the national competition. An “all star” urban forestry panel will determine the winner of the 2016 Great American Tree, which will be announced on December 22, 2016. The first place winner will receive $500, second place is $250 and third place is $100. The winning tree will earn a feature on The American Grove homepage. The 2015 Great American Tree was ‘That Tree’ located in Platteville, Wisconsin.

The American Grove is an online community for sharing experiences and knowledge about trees and the benefits they provide to communities throughout the nation. It is managed by the Georgia Urban Forest Council, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to sustain Georgia’s green legacy by helping communities grow healthy trees. Assistance is also given by the Georgia Forestry Commission, which provides leadership, service and education in the protection and conservation of Georgia’s forest resources. Learn more at GaTrees.org.

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AmericanGrove.org is a social network of community tree and urban forestry advocates. The website, http://www.americangrove.org is managed by the nonprofit Georgia Urban Forest Council. The mission of the website is to be an online community for sharing tree-planting experiences and knowledge that will encourage others to create thriving community forests. AmericanGrove.org’s footprint exceeds over 4100 google-indexed pages. In its five year history, it has had over half a million page views. Its 4000- plus unique members are urban forestry advocates and tree enthusiasts, potentially growing any content on American Grove exponentially. American Grove also relies on its network of social media to both draw attention to tree content on the Grove as well as tree content from across the internet. The administrator of American Grove is at the hub of tree content production, curation, and propagation. The administrator also sets the tone and personality of American Grove though design, support, and choice of content.

The intern must be committed to working 5-8 hours per week.

This is a part-time internship and work can be done at home.  The intern will be paid over a two-semester period in monthly hourly payments at a rate of $15 per hour.

Interested candidates may send their resumes, a small writing sample, and contact information to marylynne@gufc.org until July 1.  Selected candidate will begin internship around August 1 or the beginning of their fall academic semester.

Qualifications:

This position requires that the intern:

Must be enrolled in undergrad or grad school and commit to the internship for 2 semesters.

Must have integrity in weekly progress reports and time sheets.

Must have excellent communication and writing skills, creativity, and a natural eye for good web layout. Candidates will be asked to submit a short writing sample.

Must love trees and the natural environment.

Contact:

Mary Lynne Beckley

Executive Director

Georgia Urban Forest Council

P.O. Box 2199

Stone Mountain, Georgia 30086

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Have you been visiting The American Grove social networking site lately?

Check out their top content for March and watch for new site features to be added in August.

1. Publicly Available Tree Planting Prioritization Guidelines
Posted by Rich Thurau on February 20, 2014
2. How common is tree vandalism?
Posted by Administrator on March 5, 2014
3. Helpful Tree Planting Cue Cards from the Urban Tree Foundation.
Added by Administrator on February 25, 2014
4. Kingdom of Moss
Added by Dave Wenning on March 2, 2014
5. Tree People know this!
Added by Jon nessle on March 4, 2014

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Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS) is a $300 billion marketplace focusing on health, environment, social justice, personal development, and sustainable living.  41 million people are currently included in this lifestyle, but the number is continuing to grow.  These consumers purchase items not based solely on features and benefits, but also on personal and planetary well-being.

Consumer Spending (in Billions) on LOHAS:

Personal Health: $117.41
Green Building: $100.35
Eco-Tourism: $42.14
Alternative Transportation: $20.7
Natural Lifestyles: $10.3
Alternative Energy: $4.6

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This audience is important to urban foresters because these individuals are likely to carry our messages about the benefits of trees to their families and friends. In addition, they are likely to take action and plant a tree in their own backyard, increasing urban forest canopy.

Create Your Legacy! For more information on tree species, selection and care, visit www.GeorgiaGrove.org.

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We are so excited about the expansion of The Georgia Grove to states across the nation. Who could have imagined that the project we started here would expand to all fifty states, The Pacific Islands, Puerto Rico and The Virgin Islands and be seen by millions of people? I hope it is as useful for social networking and providing urban forestry information for other states as it is here, and I hope we draw a lot of new members who love to plant trees, creating a legacy for future generations.

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The Grove (www.AmericanGrove.org), an online community that brings together nature enthusiasts to plant trees and protect the urban tree canopy, is now open to residents across the country to celebrate the United Nations’ International Year of Forests, 2011.

The goal of The Grove is to enable members to share the experience of planting trees and commemorating life moments online with family, friends and their communities.

Members can upload pictures, videos and captions of their tree planting experiences, discuss tree-related issues and get updates on local planting events. The Grove also offers a tree match tool to choose the right tree to commemorate a special event, as well as information on planting and care tips.

“The Grove opens forestry discussions to a wider audience. It helps us tie tree-related issues with larger environmental awareness initiatives that resonate with online audiences,” said Ed Macie, the Southern Region Urban Forestry Group leader for the USDA Forest Service.

Created and funded by the Georgia Urban Forest Council (GUFC), the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) and the USDA Forest Service, the online community was beta tested in the Southeast in 2009 and 2010 before its national launch this year. In its beta stage, The Grove gained more than 1,400 members and almost 19,000 online visitors.

“After testing the online community at the regional level, we found that our target audience – individuals and families interested in sustainable living – wants to discuss forestry issues affecting their local communities online,” said Susan Granbery, urban and community forestry coordinator for the GFC. “Each state and territory has a specific group within The Grove so members can find local advice for national and global forestry issues.”

The Grove also connects families with information and activities to create green legacies.

“Parents can find information in The Grove to help them raise environmentally conscious children,” said Mary Lynne Beckley, executive director of GUFC. “From highlighting the benefits of planting trees locally to discussing grief by planting a tree in memory of a relative or pet, the online community provides information that is pertinent to families in their daily lives.”

To become a member, create a profile at www.AmericanGrove.org/TheGrove.

About Georgia Urban Forest Council

The Georgia Urban Forest Council (GUFC) is a nonprofit organization that promotes the benefits of community forests and the importance of managing and protecting Georgia’s tree canopy. Its mission is to sustain Georgia’s green legacy by helping communities grow healthy trees. For more information, visit www.gufc.org.

About Georgia Forestry Commission 

The Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) is a state agency responsible for providing leadership, service and education in the protection and conservation of Georgia’s forest resources. Through the Sustainable Community Forestry Program, GFC focuses on the future of trees by helping community leaders recognize the value of trees and plan with them in mind, which translates into cleaner air and water and healthier, safer, more attractive places to live, work and play. For more information, visit www.GaTrees.org.

USDA Forest Service

The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of National Forest System land, provides stewardship assistance to non-federal forest landowners and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. For more information, visit: www.fs.fed.us.

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