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In partnership with the Georgia Forestry Commission, Snapping Shoals EMC  is providing 1,000 free trees to customers through Energy-Saving Trees, an Arbor Day Foundation program that helps conserve energy and reduce energy bills through strategic tree planting.

Snapping Shoals EMC customers can reserve their free trees at http://www.arborday.org/snappingshoals. An online tool helps customers estimate the annual energy savings that will result from planting trees in the most strategic location near their homes or businesses. Customers are expected to care for and plant their tree in the location provided by the online tool. The types of trees offered include the following: red oak, white oak, red maple, southern magnolia and crape myrtle.

The program will continue until all 1,000 trees are reserved. The two-to-four foot tall trees will be delivered directly to customers in late February to early March at an ideal time for planting, and while we are celebrating Georgia’s Arbor Day on February 17, 2017.

“This program benefits the environment and can help customers save money on their energy bills,” said Scott Fuss, Snapping Shoals Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator.

The “Energy-Saving Trees” online tool was created by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Davey Institute, a division of Davey Tree Expert Co., and uses peer-reviewed scientific research from the USDA Forest Service’s i-Tree software to calculate estimated benefits. In addition to providing approximate energy savings, the tool also estimates the trees’ other benefits, including cleaner air, reduced carbon dioxide emissions and improved storm water management.

More information about Georgia Forestry Commission can be found at GaTrees.org.

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About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization of one million members, with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at arborday.org, or by visiting us on Facebook, Twitter or our blog.

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We celebrated 2016 Georgia Arbor Day across the state in many different  ways.

The statewide Arbor Day event on February 17th at Trees Atlanta was a packed with more than 100 people, including 25 Tree City USAs, 4 Tree Campus USAs,  1 Tree Line USA and 4 mayors from Decatur, Dunwoody, Kennesaw and Mansfield. Director Robert Farris read the Arbor Day proclamation signed by Governor Nathan Deal and presented each community with a certificate and photo opportunity. News releases about the event were sent out locally on Georgia’s Arbor Day, officially declared as Friday, February 19th. Special guests for the “Mayors’ Symposium on Trees” were Danielle Crumrine and Josh Lippert from Tree Pittsburgh, Tim Keane, Walter Brown, Ryan Gravel and Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett.

More than 100 cities across the state celebrated in their own unique ways. The City of Avondale Estates planted a Ginkgo tree, specifically chosen by a homeowner for its beautiful fall color and unique characteristics (hopefully not female!). The City of Duluth planted two fruit trees at Bunten Road Park with the theme of hunger relief. The City of Rome held a seedling give-away and dedicated their new Heritage Trail Memorial Arboretum. All three mayors attended these local events.

Timmy Womick and the Tree Circus made appearances in Albany, Thomasville, Columbus, Warner Robins, Macon, Tifton and Oxford. At Agnes Scott College, honor trees were planted on campus in recognition of faculty and and staff, and Betty, a baker in the cafeteria, baked a delicious Arbor Day cake for the students.

“My Tree our Forest” Tree Tags were distributed to 40 communities to hang on the trees at city hall or other public spaces on Arbor Day. The tags help carry the message about the benefits of trees to citizens across the state.

“Hello down there!

  • I’m busy saving you money.
  • I’m busy making city life fun.
  • I’m busy making oxygen for you.
  • I’m busy making useful things for you.
  • I’m busy keeping your streets safe.
  • I’m keeping your drinking water clean.

What are you up to?”

We hope you were celebrating trees in your community too. Send us your pictures!

 

 

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Looking forward to our first Mayors’ Symposium on Trees and Statewide Arbor Day Celebration on Wednesday, February 17th at Trees Atlanta. The event is SOLD OUT and we have six mayors attending.

  • Mayor Patti Garrett, Decatur
  • Mayor Donna Pittman, Duluth
  • Mayor Denis Shortal, Dunwoody
  • Mayor Derek Easterling, Kennesaw
  • Mayor Robert Trammell, Luthersville
  • Mayor Jefferson Riley, Mansfield

Happy #GAarborday !

 

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Attention for Tree Campus USAs and ACTrees members in Georgia.

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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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Arbor Day Foundation

The Nov. 15 deadline to submit your 2015 Tree City USA and Tree Campus USA recertification applications has passed. We will still accept late applications, however we cannot guarantee you will receive your recognition materials in time for your Arbor Day celebration in 2016.

This year, we encourage you to try the online application system and are happy to help with any questions you might have. Please visit arborday. org/treecity to start your online application. You will be happy to know that the contact, tree board, and ordinance information you entered is saved each year and is automatically entered into the current year’s application. You will be able to edit this information as needed. This time saver is one of the many benefits of submitting your application online.

Thank you for your commitment to ensuring your community is a greener, healthier environment for all your citizens.

If you have any questions, please contact Bonny J. Adams, Georgia Forestry Commission, 5645 Riggins Mill Road, Dry Branch, GA 31020-9699, (478) 751-3485, badams@gfc.state.ga.us.

 

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At the Georgia Urban Forest Council’s annual College Tree Canopy Conference, held at Agnes Scott College (ASC) on Sept. 22, student Claudia Mitchell provided a presentation on the Urban Forest Sustainability & Management Audit System, designed to provide a framework for comprehensively evaluating urban forest management programs.

The primary objectives of the audit are to:

  • engage the full spectrum of the organizations’ management team: executive, financial, resource, and outreach,
  • provide program direction that increases the level of professionalism in urban forest management,
  • conduct a gap analysis of management practices and the health of green assets
  • 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 management programs. The system is particularly suited for the independent evaluation of participants in Arbor Day Foundation programs like Tree Campus USA®, Tree City USA® or Tree Line USA®.

The checklist and spreadsheet tool were developed in cooperation with Agnes Scott College Office of Sustainability and the ASC Arboretum Advisory Committee. Agnes Scott College is located in Decatur, Georgia.

The information for this article was provided by the Leaves of Change Weekly of the Centers for Urban and Interface Forestry.

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This year, Dr. Kim Coder was the recipient of the 2014 Arbor Day Foundation’s J. Sterling Morton Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Foundation in honor of his outstanding contribution to tree planting, conservation and stewardship.

The Arbor Day Foundation’s April 2014 press release states that Dr. Coder, Professor of Community Forestry and Tree Health at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia, is recognized across the globe as an expert on the effective planning and proper care required to grow and maintain a vital urban and community tree canopy. Seen as a “founding father” in the establishment and evolution of best practices integral to the field of arboriculture, he is also known for his unique ability to effectively engage audiences with his knowledge, passion and visionary leadership.

Congratulations, Dr. Coder! We are so proud to have you in Georgia.

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