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Fall changes hit high gear this past week across the entire north Georgia region and things are progressing rapidly. Georgia’s highest elevations are now past peak, and mid to lower elevations are at, or just past peak, so serious leaf peepers need to be making plans this week!

Northeast Georgia:

This week’s passage of another storm system has resulted in the complete thinning of many of the early turners: the early maples, the yellow poplars, the birches and the sourwoods. However, there are still maples just beginning to turn, and many maples are in full color change showing bright reds, yellows and orange. The hickories are also continuing to provide some excellent yellow and bronze shades, and sweetgums are in full color display with yellows, oranges and even some purples! And the oaks have really started contributing with reds, burgundies, yellows and deep bronze hues. And roadside sumac are displaying some electric shades of bright red this week.

Northwest Georgia:

While the northwest corner of the state normally lags in color change by a week or two, things have also hit full speed in this corner of the state. Maples, sourwoods, and hickories continue to provide some great color and the oaks are beginning to kick it up a notch.  However, as with NE GA, this week’s weather event has thinned out many of the early turners, and fall colors continue to provide showers of color with any wind.

Percentage of color change from green to date:  NE GA 90%-100%  NW GA 90%-100%+

Peak?  Peak is occurring across north Georgia now. Depending on elevation, latitude and aspect, peak may have already occurred or will be another few days getting here. However, this week into next week will likely provide the last opportunities to see widespread color change, though we will still have change occurring into mid/late November.

Scenic drives:

Northeast Georgia – Just about any drive through the mid/lower elevations in NE Georgia should provide some good opportunities. Try old US 123 from Toccoa past Currahee Mountain to the Clarkesville/Cornelia area. From Clarkesville try GA 197 north and then turn back towards Helen on GA 356. And the drive from Cleveland to Dahlonega via GA 115 or some of the more rural country roads connecting the two should provide some good color.

North Central/Northwest Georgia – Good Travel Routes include:

Highway 136 over Lookout Mountain; Highway 27 over Taylors Ridge; Highway 52 Fort Mountain overlooking Grassy Mountain; Highway 136 near Burnt Mountain.

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A week has made a tremendous difference in the amount and vibrancy of leaf color, especially at higher elevations. The cooler weather should help get things moving, as well and we’re in good shape for some excellent viewing in the next few weeks. We are starting see color at virtually all locations across north Georgia, but the best viewing over the next 7 days will continue to be at the higher elevations.

Northeast Georgia:

We are seeing change to some degree in virtually all species, with sourwoods, black gums, dogwoods, sumac and maples providing most of the reds and burgundies. Yellow poplar continues to show bright to golden yellows, and birch, black walnut, alder and the hickories are showing their rich golden hues. Maples are kicking in some yellow and orange, and so is sassafras.

Northwest Georgia:

The same species and colors are beginning to show overall, but the lower elevations are still lagging behind. Things should start picking up across the area in the next couple of weeks.

Percent of color change from green to date:  20%-90%

When’s peak? Elevations above 2500 feet are at peak or will hit within 7 to 10 days. Elevations below 2500’ will likely be a week to 10 days behind, which should give us good viewing into the first couple of weeks in November.

For a scenic drive this weekend…

Northeast Georgia’s highest elevations will provide the best color this weekend. Any trip through the high gaps (Unicoi/GA17, Neels/US 129, Woody/GA 60, Dicks Creek/US 76) will offer some opportunities, and the Richard Russell Scenic Hwy will continue to be a good bet. GA 60 from Blue Ridge to Suches is currently showing great potential. Note that GA 60 between Suches and Dahlonega is currently closed from 8:00-5:00 Monday-Friday for road work but you can connect with GA 180 at Suches to US 129.

North Central/Northwest Georgia –  GA 136 from Talking Rock to Dawsonville offers some good color, while the Lookout Mountain area remains a best bet for that NW corner of the state.

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Orange SAF Patch - no year

A Walk in the Forest for Boy and Girl Scouts, organized by the Society of American Foresters – Chattahoochee Chapter and Stone Mountain Memorial Association, will be held October 21, 2017, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This free event is designed to help Boy Scouts, Webelos and Cadette Girl Scouts meet most of the requirements of the Webelos Elective Adventure: Into the Woods, Forestry Merit Badge or Cadette Trees Badge in one day! Additional Merit Badge and Trees Badge work will be needed to complete the badge.

Scouts are divided into groups with fellow Boy Scouts, Webelos or Cadettes and work with professional foresters at various educational stations to learn about the benefits of trees and forests and the forestry profession.

Educational Stations Include: Tree and Wildlife Identification, Forest Products and Sustainability, Managing a Georgia Forest: Silvicultural Basics, Forest Health, Forest Fire Fighting: Prescribed Burning, Maps and Safety, Urban Forestry, Tree Climbing and Careers in Forestry.

This event is funded by various corporate sponsors and relies heavily on volunteer support from professional foresters, educators, nonprofits and federal, state and local government employees. (SEE LIST BELOW)

A Walk in the Forest for Metro Atlanta Scouts received a prestigious 1st Place National Recognition Award from The House Society of Delegates of the Society of American Foresters, Nov. 2011.

Event Details:

  • Register Here: 2017 Walk in the Forest
  • Event gates open at 8 a.m. but the event does not start until 9 a.m. You may arrive early and register, but please be prepared to wait until the 9 a.m. start time. Coffee/breakfast is not provided and there are no vendors on-site.
  • The Stone Mountain Education Annex is located just outside the west gate entrance to Stone Mountain Park at 6826 James B. Rivers/Memorial Dr., Stone Mountain, GA 30083. You do not need to enter the park.
  • Check-in (8:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.)
  • Scouts should register as a part of a troop/pack. A parent can complete the registration form, or a leader can register a whole group at one time. If a Scout wants to attend on their own without the rest of their troop, they will be grouped with another troop, and they must be supervised.
  • All scouts must be accompanied by a Scoutmaster/troop leader/adult to supervise through various stations. Please do not register a Scout without a Leader to accompany them.
  • Clipboards, worksheets and lunch are provided.
  • Lunch includes a deli sandwich, cookie and soft drink and/or water. This is not a peanut-free event. Please bring a picnic blanket and your own seating.
  • Chairs will not be provided at each station but please feel free to bring your own.
  • This event is for Cadette Girl Scouts only. Due to the specific badge work, Daisy, Brownie and Junior Girl Scouts are not eligible.
  • By your group’s registration and attendance at this event, you consent to the use of any photos taken for promotional purposes.
  • Questions? Email: safwalkintheforest@gmail.com
  • The event will be held rain or shine!
  • We will make every allowance possible to make this event handicap accessible.

Boy Scout Forestry Merit Badge work: Each Boy Scout is expected to have read the Forestry Merit Badge (4. a.,b.,c.,d.,e) and (5. a) will not be covered at this event. Contact information can be provided to help fulfill these requirements.

Thanks to our sponsors and our partners:

Society of American Foresters – Chattahoochee Chapter

Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources

Forest Investment Associates

Georgia Forestry Commission

Downey Trees Inc.

Stone Mountain Memorial Association

Tree ID with Girl Scouts

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GI VIDEO

In this short video, discover the damaging effects of stormwater runoff and how you can help protect, preserve, and restore Coastal Georgia’s water quality and natural resources.

“Coastal Georgia’s Green Infrastructure & Stormwater Management,” can be viewed here https://vimeo.com/193902038

To learn more, visit:

Ecoscapes Sustainable Land Use Program, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant

Georgia Forestry Commission

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For the third year in a row, trees as green stormwater infrastructure will be the main topic at the Georgia Urban Forest Council summer program, August 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Norcross Community Center, 10 College Street. Karen Firehock, Executive Director of the Green Infrastructure Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, will kick off the program with a presentation on the valuable role of trees in stormwater management with some examples from Norcross and Alpharetta. The Green Infrastructure Center, Inc. (GIC) was formed in 2006 to help local governments, communities, and regional planning organizations, land trusts and developers evaluate their green infrastructure assets and make plans to conserve them. GreenBlue Urban, an international company that helps cities with integrating stormwater management into urban tree planting design, will also highlight their green infrastructure projects and tools. Christine McKay, Water Protection Division, US EPA Region 4, will facilitate a panel discussion of community leaders, arborists, landscape architects, and planners on challenges and successes in their communities regarding trees and stormwater management. Lunch is included. CEUs will be available. Register here.

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We are so happy to have Georgia College & State University as a new Tree Campus USA partner! Thanks for all you do to care for your campus trees and students. #GAarborday

Georgia College Green Initiative

On February 14, 2017, I attended the second annual Mayors’ Symposium and Statewide Arbor Day Celebration with my colleague Susan Daniels. This celebration was hosted by Trees Atlanta, the Georgia Urban Forest Council, and the Georgia Forestry Commission at the Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center. This year’s event was titled “Colleges, Corporations, and Cities: Building Campus Sustainability.” Project managers, city officials, landscape architects, and sustainability directors were brought together to speak about the integration of urban forests into city and campus design. In their discussions, they touched on themes of inter-agency cooperation, the health benefits of nature, and loving our tree canopy. Between the presentations, the director of the Georgia Forestry Commission, Robert Farris, recognized new and renewing Tree City USA communities, Tree Line USA utility companies, and Tree Campus USA colleges.

mayors-symposium_2-14-17_10Fig. 1. Looking Down the Landscape Along the Wall of the Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center, February 14, 2017.

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Hello Georgia Tree Board Members and Urban Forestry Friends,

The Urban Update newsletter scfp-newsletter-february-2017 from the Sustainable Community Forestry Program, includes a list of recertified Tree City USAs and Tree Campus USAs for the 2016 year. Recertification materials have been shipped to our regional offices around the state.

Atlanta Arbor Day 1

City of Atlanta

Please join us for the Mayors’ Symposium on Trees and Statewide Arbor Day Celebration on February 14th at Trees Atlanta. Registration is free for mayors. We will highlight your campus or city’s 2016 Arbor Day successes, take photos of your tree board with State Forester Robert Farris, and prepare an individual news release for your city or campus. Your mayor can also have an opportunity to say a few words at the luncheon as well. Please call or email Susan (678-476-6227, sgranbery@gfc.state.ga.us) in advance to make arrangements regarding speaking or other announcements.

Arbor Day Proclamation 2016 Photo with Gov. Deal

Arbor Day Proclamation with Governor Deal 2016

If you are new to the Tree City USA program and would like to join a small group of us at the capitol on February 13th at 9:30 am, we will have a photo opportunity in the office of Governor Nathan Deal as he presents the official Georgia Arbor Day Proclamation. Please contact Susan Granbery if you are interested in joining us, along with your local legislators.

Happy Arbor Day!

Thank you,

The Georgia Forestry Commission, Sustainable Community Forestry Program

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