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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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During construction, tree conservation efforts require that a large portion of the tree’s root system, the critical root zone (CRZ), be protected for all trees to survive. During construction, consider removing trees that have sustained CRZ loss in excess of 30%. Tree species, health, structure, soil type, vegetation competition, proximity to structures, future planned impacts, and planned maintenance all contribute to the determination of which trees should be removed and how remaining trees can be protected.

Trees may not die immediately, but could decline over several years. With this delay in symptom development, you may not associate the loss of the tree with construction.

The Georgia Forestry Commission has a new publication on calculating the CRZ of a tree, “Where are My Trees’ Roots?

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Green infrastructure can be defined as “the interconnected natural systems and ecological processes that provide clean water, air quality and wildlife habitat.” Virginia’s Green Infrastructure Center notes that these systems sustain a community’s social, economic, and environmental health. Karen Firehock, Director of the Green Infrastructure Center, led us through the processes of incorporating GI into community planning at the 23rd Georgia Urban Forest Council Annual Conference and Awards Program, October 23 and 24, 2013. This conference also included a track for colleges and universities.

PowerPoint presentations from “Tree Canopy and Green Infrastructure: Creating Vibrant and Healthy Communities,” including Karen Firehock and Mike Beezhold, Senior Planner, CDM Smith, and former Watershed Manager, Lenexa Public Works, Lenexa, KS, and Dr. Graeme Lockaby of the Center for Forest Sustainability, Auburn University, and many other speakers can be downloaded at http://www.gufc.org.

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On Saturday, Nov. 10, more than 150 students from Georgia State University (GSU) planted 30 trees at the intersection of Decatur and Bell Streets in Atlanta as part of the Tree Campus USA program. Mary Wildhelm from the Arbor Day Foundation in Lincoln, Nebraska welcomed the students. We discussed the environmental, economic and social benefits of trees, heard from the faculty advisors of GSU’s tree committee and had a tree planting demonstration with Lauren Sandoval from Trees Atlanta.

Tree Campus USA recognizes the best practices in campus forestry throughout the United States. The goal of the program is to honor college campuses and leaders of their surrounding communities for promoting healthy urban forest management and engaging the campus community in environmental stewardship.

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Alliance for Community Trees is pleased to announce the Alliance for Community Trees People’s Garden Grants, a new program designed to explore and deepen the connections between community trees and urban agriculture. Now in their pilot year, the ACTrees People’s Garden Grants will promote the connections between trees and urban agriculture by supporting the planting of shade trees to shelter and protect community gardens, and fruit and nut trees to serve as food resources for surrounding communities. 

 The total sum of grant awards is $125,000, which will be distributed in grants of up to $5,000 each to awardees. Applications are due January 31, 2012. We invite you to download further information about the grant and the grant application. Inquiries may be directed to Programs@ACTrees.org.

An informational webcast on December 15 at 1pm EST will feature additional background and details about the Grants, as well as time for Q&A. Register for the webcast here.

Alliance for Community Trees is excited to offer this unique opportunity for its member organizations to demonstrate that trees are an integral part of urban agriculture.

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The City of Conyers Arbor Day event was held in Eastview Cemetery Park on Thursday, Oct. 27th. Rockdale Career Academy FFA class assisted City personnel and the Georgia Forestry Commission with planting an ‘October Glory’ Red Maple that was donated by Moon’s Tree Farm. A Tree City USA flag was presented to Mayor Randy Mills in celebration of Conyers’ 19th year as a Tree City USA.

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To help repair and revitalize the City of Ringgold  in the wake of the April 27, 2011 tornadoes, Trees for Ringgold organized a tree planting  of more than 250 trees in the city on Thursday, Oct. 27. To follow are some pictures of the tree planting day and links to some of the media.

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Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) staff, along with partners from the Georgia Urban Forest Council, The City of Dalton, Downey Trees, Lilly, The Home Depot and more helped plant the trees. Volunteers from GFC included: Jeremy Ridley (Ranger I-Catoosa-Whitfield Unit), Darryl Jackson (Forest Technician-Rome),  Ken Masten (District Manager-Gainesville), Ritchie Mullen (Forester-Ellijay), Gary McGinnis (Forester-Cedartown), Josh Burnette (Forester-Rome), Chuck Arnold (Chief Ranger-Catoosa-Whitfield Unit), Lynne Boyd (ARRA Forester-Rome),  and Joe Burgess (Community Forester-Marietta), Joan Scales (Partnership Coordinator – Stone Mountain) and myself from the Sustainable Community Forestry Program.

David Dunn from Trees for Ringgold wrote the following: “All of the hard work and planning of the last several months paid off yesterday with a spectacularly successful day.  I was personally overwhelmed by way things fell into place and unfolded.  I heard nothing but glowing comments about our project and was almost left speechless (I said, almost!) by the events of the day.  Time forced me leave many names out on the stage and I apologize to those of you who I slighted – if it were possible I would have called the role of each and every one of you and had you take a bow for you deserved that.  From Chattanooga to Atlanta, the indomitable spirit of Ringgold was held up as an example for everyone, and you made that happen.  All of this is simply to say thank you, for giving me an experience that I will treasure for the rest of my life.” David

Fox 5 News Atlanta: Ringgold Residents Mark 6-Month Anniversary of Tornado

Times Free Press: Volunteers plant over $10,000 worth of trees in Ringgold (Photo by Tim Barber)

Times Free Press (Video by Patrick Smith)

Fox 5: Group Helps Rebuild Ringgold With Trees

Times Free Press: Replanting Trees in Ringgold after the tornadoes aids community healing

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