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Georgia Forestry Commission retiree, Dale Higdon, has been named one of three finalists in the prestigious Cox Conserves Heroes awards program created by WSB-TV’s parent company, Cox Enterprises, and the Trust for Public land. The program honors volunteers like Dale, who lends his time and forestry expertise to to the Georgia Piedmont Land Trust, Mill Creek Nature Preserve, American Chestnut Foundation, Georgia Urban Forest Council, Walk in the Forest event with the Society of American Foresters Chattahoochee Chapter, and more.

Visit http://www.coxconservesheroes.com/atlanta/finalists.aspx​​ to view a video about Dale, his time with GFC and his genuine spirit of volunteerism that makes us proud to have had him as part of the GFC family.

Voting takes place in October and individuals are permitted to vote once. If Dale receives the most votes, The Georgia Piedmont Land Trust will receive a $10,000 award.

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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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Annually, as part of its mission to sustain Georgia’s green legacy by helping communities grow healthy trees, the Georgia Urban Forest Council enthusiastically rewards individuals, organizations, businesses, municipalities, and counties for outstanding work in protecting and enhancing our community forests. It is our goal that this awards program continues to give back to those who have been concerned about a healthy urban forest and also raises community awareness of the importance of these projects.

Outstanding work, whether public or private, is eligible for nomination. Individuals, non-profit organizations, businesses, municipalities and counties, schools, civic groups, and others are welcomed and encouraged to make nominations in more than one category. A nominee does not have to be a member of the Georgia Urban Forest Council. The awards program is open to all who have made a contribution to the urban forest in our communities. Click here to download an awards nomination form.

This year’s award recipients will be honored on October 24th at the 23rd Annual Excellence in Urban Forestry Awards Luncheon at the Columbus Georgia Convention and Trade Center. Recipients receive a framed print of a local tree by artist Barry Nehr.

The deadline for submissions is September 6.

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Each year, all across Georgia, individuals, organizations, businesses, elected officials, and communities are doing good things for our trees.  They are planting trees, preserving trees, and promoting the benefits of trees, and we need your help in identifying them and thanking them for their good work! 

The Georgia Urban Forest Council (GUFC) is calling for nominations for its 2012 Excellence in Urban Forestry Awards. One grand award is given to each of the following categories: Marketing, Streetscape Revitalization, Greenspace Plan, New Development, New Initiative, Business, Media, Civic Organization, Community, Elected/Appointed Official, Education, Individual Achievement, Student, and Urban Arboriculture.

Award winners will receive a limited edition framed print of a majestic Georgia tree commissioned solely for the contest. All winners will be featured on our website. Recipients will be recognized at GUFC’s 2012 Annual Conference Awards Luncheon on October 25, 2012 at the Del’avant Center in LaGrange, Georgia. 

For more details and an awards nomination form, click here. The deadline for nominations is September 14, 2012.

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Each year, all across Georgia, individuals, organizations, businesses, elected officials, and communities are doing good things for our trees.  They are planting trees, preserving trees, and promoting the benefits of trees, and we need your help in identifying them and thanking them for their good work! 

The Georgia Urban Forest Council is calling for nominations for its 2012 Excellence in Urban Forestry Awards.  One Grand Award is given to each of the following categories: Marketing, Streetscape Revitalization, Greenspace Plan, New Development, New Initiative, Business, Media, Civic Organization, Community, Elected/Appointed Official, Education, Individual Achievement, Student, and Urban Arboriculture. Award winners will receive a limited edition framed print of a majestic Georgia tree commissioned solely for the contest. All winners will be featured on our website.  Recipients of this year’s Georgia Urban Forestry Awards will be recognized at GUFC’s 2012 Annual Conference Awards Luncheon on October 25, 2012 at the Del’avant Center in LaGrange, Georgia. 

For more details and an awards nomination form, click here.  The deadline for nominations is September 14, 2012.  Photo:  Mayor William Cocchi of Mansfield, 2011 Outstanding Elected Official.

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Several hardworking volunteers make up Atlanta’s Tree Conservation Commission.  The Commission is a dedicated citizen board appointed by the Mayor and City Council, tasked with promoting the “protection, maintenance, and regeneration of the trees and forest resources of the City of Atlanta.” 

Members are appointed for two-year terms, but many members serve multiple terms.  The Tree Commission establishes a variety of educational and other programs to encourage proper management and maintenance of trees, plans for the protection and promotion of Atlanta’s urban forest, and it hears and decides appeals of decisions of administrative officials related to trees.

The tree ordinance requires that members represent various professions and areas of expertise.  The current Commission includes Co-Chairs, Dan White and Bruce Morton (both Council District representatives); landscape architect, Charlotte Gillis; planner, Joel Reed; builder, Jim Brown; architect, Bill Fuller; professional arborist, Rob Swanson; and lay citizen, Jamilla Mindingall.

Recent work includes collaboration with the City of Atlanta Department of Planning and Community Development and the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs to initiate:

  • a 10,000 Tree Planting Campaign;
  • a Downtown Tree Inventory (with support from a Georgia Forestry Commission grant);
  • an update of the City’s tree protection ordinance;
  • workshops on tree maintenance and pruning for City crews; and
  • planning for a City-wide tree canopy analysis. 

More information about the Tree Commission, Atlanta’s tree ordinance, and tree care in the Piedmont can be found at www.atlantatreecommission.com.

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The Georgia Urban Forest Council (GUFC) is seeking nominations for the 2011 Georgia Urban Forestry Awards program. Annually, as part of its mission to sustain Georgia’s green legacy by helping communities grow healthy trees, GUFC rewards individuals, organizations, businesses, municipalities, and counties for outstanding work in protecting and enhancing our community forests. 

Outstanding work, whether public or private, is eligible for nomination. Individuals, non-profit organizations, businesses, municipalities and counties, schools, civic groups, and others are welcomed. The awards program is open to all who have made a contribution to the urban forest in our communities. Grand award recipients of this year’s Georgia Urban Forestry Awards will be recognized at GUFC’s 2011 Annual Conference Awards Luncheon on November 3 at the James Madison Conference Center in Madison, Georgia.

One Grand Award is given to each of the following categories: Marketing, Streetscape Revitalization, Greenspace Plan, New Development, New Initiative, Business, Media, Civic Organization, Community, Elected/Appointed Official, Education, Individual Achievement, Student, and Urban Arboriculture.  Award winners will receive a limited edition framed print of a majestic Georgia tree commissioned solely for the contest and will be featured on the GUFC website.

Nominate someone today! More information and a nomination application is available at www.GUFC.org.

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