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Here’s a link to an article from the Georgia Center for Nonprofits with our Georgia Urban Forest Council (GUFC) Executive Director, Mary Lynne Beckley. We are so lucky to have her on our team!

Growing Georgia’s knowledge of urban forestry | The Georgia Center For Nonprofits



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“Trees Atlanta wants you to bring the arboretum home”

ATLANTA, GA, August 4, 2016 – Trees Atlanta will host its first annual Atlanta Canopy Conference on Friday, September 23, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center located at 225 Chester Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30316. The conference is for professionals, community leaders, and residents to take the lessons learned from the creation of the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum and apply them to their own projects while protecting our urban canopy.

An arboretum is a botanical garden focused on woody plants, which are grown for research, education and display. The Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum is a collective effort of Trees Atlanta, the Atlanta BeltLine, and members of the surrounding community. The Arboretum will continue to develop as the Atlanta BeltLine itself continues to extend to a 22-mile corridor of trails, parks, trees, native grasses, wildflowers, art and so much more, while also attracting pollinators and wildlife.

“Our canopy is changing. Good design can both protect and improve our urban forest. Trees are becoming more critical to our communities as our cities rapidly develop and transform,” said Trees Atlanta’s Co-Executive Director, Greg Levine. “This conference will include experts who will address how arboreta can improve quality of life and demonstrate solutions for urban environmental challenges.”

The Atlanta Canopy Conference will feature a morning keynote by Darrel Morrison, FASLA, a pioneer in the use of native plants and natural processes in the design of urban landscapes. The afternoon session, Building the Arboretum: Past, Present, and the Future, includes a panel discussion with four registered landscape architects from The Portico Group, Perkins + Will, Hedstrom Design, and Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. who influence the design, implementation, and continued development of the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum. The Atlanta Canopy Conference includes sessions on landscape design, arboreta collections, soil, tree diversity and availability, and actions attendees can take to apply the best practices from local arboreta to their green spaces.

Don’t miss your chance to hear presentations from noted horticulture experts and landscape professionals to help you bring the Arboretum home! Presenting organizations include: Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Bold Springs Nursery, Cox Arboretum, Ecological Landscape Management, Georgia Tech Arboretum, The Portico Group, Perkins + Will, Hedstrom Design, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., The Conservation Fund, Georgia Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, and Trees Atlanta.

Full, half-day and student registration is available. Full-day attendees will be eligible for CEU credits (ASLA, ISA), and will receive lunch, conference gift bag, and a discount to Tailgate for Trees. Complete conference information and registration is available at http://www.treesatlanta.org/canopyconference.

Media Contact:
Karla Vazquez
(404) 681-4891

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National Park Service (NPS) Director, Dr. Robert Zarr (NPS Park Rx Advisor), and Richard Louv will be on NPR’s Diane Rehm show this Wednesday, April 6th at 11 am EST to talk about National Park Rx.

Park Rx is a community health initiative to “prescribe” time in parks to prevent and treat chronic disease and promote wellness ──and create the next generation of park supporters, visitors, and advocates in the process.

On National Park Rx Day, Sunday, April 24, 2016, parks across the country (National parks, state parks, regional parks, county and city parks, and other open space) will be hosting events.

A National Park Rx Day Mini Tool Kit (FINAL NPS – National Park Rx Day Mini Tool kitprovides information to help health providers, parks, non-profits, and other partners host an event.  Here are some ways to participate:

  • Invite dignitaries from health providers, national public land managers, community leaders and other nonprofits for an event with health screenings and healthy activities for doctors, patients, and the greater community.
  • Walks with doctors and patients to nearby parks on trails.
    Provide ParkRx pads for everyone to prescribe parks to family members.
  • Offer transportation for patients from health provider locations to parks for healthy activities and a picnic.
  • Offer passive recreation activities in parks where permitted (yoga, tai chi, meditation).
  • Schedule active recreation activities in parks where permitted (zumba, bike rides, chit chat runs, hikes, soccer game, basketball match, frisbee, volleyball, etc.)

Register your event at https://www.surveymonkey/r/ParkRxDay. Please visit the Park Prescription website at www.ParkRx.org. Contact Anne O’Neill, Park Rx Coordinator, National Park Service at aoneill@nps.gov for more information.



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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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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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Happy holidays from the Savannah Tree Foundation!

This holiday season we thank you for your support of trees and our work to preserve, protect, and plant trees across Savannah/Chatham County. With your tax deductible donation we can preserve, protect and plant more trees. Please make your year end gift.


Make plans for your Christmas Tree: multiple options to easily recycle your tree.

After the holidays, plan to take your Chirstmas tree to the annual Bring One for the Chipper on Saturday, January 10. Or, drop it off at the Savannah Airport. More information is available on the event website. “Bring one for the Chipper”

Downtown Streetscaping – share your thoughts!
Please let the City of Savannah know that you want to see more shade trees on Broughton Street and across downtown (and not palms). The City of Savannah is reviewing downtown streetscape planning including Broughton Street, River Street, Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, Montgomery Street, and more.
Please take the time to provide your feedback by completing this online survey. The survey is available until January 3rd.


MountainFilm Fest in Savannah – January 23-25, 2015
Georgia Arbor Day – Friday, February 20, 2015
Thunderbolt Tree Planting – Saturday, February 21, 2015
Canopy Assessment Summit – Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Curtis V. Cooper Health Care Tree Planting – Saturday, February 28, 2015
Tree Pruning Clinic – Westlake Reforestation Site – Saturday, March 14, 2015

For more tree planting and event information check out our event calendar

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Savannah Tree Foundation (STF) Volunteer Appreciation Event – May 21
5:00-7:00 pm

STF appreiates the dedicated service of our volunteers and the Cabot Grill Community Tour wants to help thank you for all you do. On Wednesday, May 21 at 5:00 pm volunteers from the Savannah Tree Foundation, Savannah Bicycle Campaign, and Coastal Georgia Greenway Project will meet at the West Broad Street YMCA to help mulch the shade and fruit trees that STF planted last year.

After the mulching, the Cabot Grill will prepare delicious, wholesome Cabot Cheese treats for all to enjoy. The Cabot Grill is a service provided by Cabot Cheese Coop as they celebrate the strength of communities.

Why mulch?STF volunteers have been busy mulching. Are you wondering, wait, do I need to mulch my trees?

Mulch is important to your trees health! It…
• insulates soil helping to provide a buffer from heat and cold
• retains water helping to keep roots moist
• keeps weeds out to help prevent root competition
• prevents soil compaction
• reduces lawn mower and weed whacker damage
Remember to use organic, locally sourced mulch, such as pine bark nuggets, pine straw, wood chips or Chatham County free mulch. Please do not buy bags of cypress mulch, which is not a sustainable mulch resource.

STF appreciates you volunteering with our mulching projects around town and we encourage you to also remember to care for the trees in your yard.

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