Posts Tagged ‘Arbor Day’

There’s much to look forward to from the Sustainable Community Forestry Program in 2018. We’re starting off the year with a bang in several key program areas.

  • First, efforts to include green infrastructure as a part of development through the Coastal Regional Commission are paying off!! We are meeting our goal to make sure green infrastructure is mentioned in each of the plans for any major developments along the coast.
  • Thirteen new Tree City USA communities and one new Tree Campus USA joined us in 2017, and Georgia Power is again our longest standing Tree Line USA utility. The City of Columbus will celebrate its 40th Anniversary as a Tree City USA in 2018.
  • GFC is a clearinghouse for information related to storms, risk and trees. If you are a city arborist and need community tree resource planning, tree risk evaluation, or homeowner tree care materials, look no further. Attend the Georgia Urban Forest Council’s first quarterly program on January 24th in Richmond Hill for a “ready” packet and current tree risk information.
  • Plans are underway for the first simultaneous statewide Arbor Day celebration on Thursday, February 15, in Atlanta, Athens, Columbus and Woodbine. Local tree board members and elected leaders will be recognized with certificates, photos and news releases for their tree-mendous volunteer efforts.
  • Our quarterly Constant Contact newsletter, Community Tree News, will be published this week and will announce the recertified Tree City USA and Tree Campus USA communities. Don’t forget! Post your local Arbor Day event on the Georgia Grove.
  • Lastly, stay tuned for the release of the new Five-Year Plan for Georgia’s Urban and Community Forest 2018 – 2022 to see where we’re headed in the future and to contribute your own ideas for creating resilient urban ecosystems in all of Georgia’s communities.

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By Tim Womick, TreeCircus


Russell Elementary in Warner Robbins where my first show of the day was prides themselves as “The Best School in the Universe.”  One of the reasons why they levy such a claim is their Junior Master Gardeners program. I’ve never heard of one before.

For over 35 years, volunteers have been participating in Master Gardeners (MG). The training is offered through the Georgia Cooperative Extension.  Their goal is to bring the latest horticultural information and practices from the world of research to local communities.  It’s working at Russell.

There needs to be more MG’s volunteering in our schools.  America’s future is our children.  Make a difference. Volunteer at your local school…they need you.  I salute Russell Elementary.

Later in the day I visited Macon’s Stratford Academy.  I love Macon for several reasons but at the top of the list would be their Yoshino Cherry trees.  Believe it or not, Macon has more cherry trees than Washington, DC!  During their annual International Cherry Blossom  Festival in March and begun in 1983, they sell 2,000 Yoshinos to the public (at $10 bucks a sapling…you do the math) that helps fund Keep Macon Bibb Beautiful.

All across Georgia, Keep America Beautiful affiliates work as the backbone of our statewide tree community.  But not only do they advocate for trees, they pick up a lot of litter (people who litter are trash) and coordinate recycling efforts too.

What is your city known for?  Take a hint from the fine folk in Macon and start your own tree festival. You’ll stimulate your economy, add to local beauty and contribute to a much needed healthy urban forest canopy.

Teach your children well.

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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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The February issue of the Urban Update newsletter (click the link above) is full of information for tree board members, including a list of recertified Georgia Tree City USAs, information about the Mayor’s Symposium on Trees and Statewide Arbor Day Celebration on February 17th at Trees Atlanta,  A tree board webinar series, Arbor Day facts, food forests, a tree risk workshop in coastal Georgia, and more!

Happy Arbor Day!

Tree Team

Berry College Tree Team

From the Georgia Forestry Commission, Sustainable Community Forestry Program

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Attention for Tree Campus USAs and ACTrees members in Georgia.


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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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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