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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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Georgia Tree City USA Communities. Enter to win a GoPro camera in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Tree City USA.

Photo Categories

  • Category 1 – My Scenic Tree City USA

Requirement: To be considered for this category, images must capture the beauty of your Tree City USA. (Tip: Focus on unique or historic buildings/locations that include trees… something that sets your city apart from others)

  • Category 2 – My Active Tree City USA

Requirement: To be considered for this category, images must show residents of your Tree City USA participating in activities in, around, or among trees. (Note: If your photo includes any recognizable faces, you must get permission from the individual.)

  • Category 3 – My Recognized Tree City USA

Requirement: To be considered for this category, images must contain one of your community’s Tree City USA recognition materials. Examples include a Tree City USA sign posted at the edge of town or a group holding your town’s Tree City USA flag. Feel free to get creative!

How to Enter

  • To enter the Tree City USA 40th Anniversary Photo Contest, post your submission on your Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook page along with the hashtag #MyTreeCityUSA40 AND the City, State you live in.

Entry Period

  • Submissions will be accepted from April 6, 2016 to April 20, 2016.


  • Each category will be eligible to win a GoPro camera.


  • Must be 18 yrs or older.
  • Must include #MyTreeCityUSA40 when posting image.
  • Must include City, State where image was taken [must be a recognized Tree City USA community to be considered].

How Entries will be collected

  • An internal team from the Arbor Day Foundation will collect every photo posted using the hashtag #MyTreeCityUSA40. On April 21, 2016, the photos will be given to an internal committee who will select 10 finalists for each category by April 25, 2016.

Voting Period

  • On April 28, 2016, the finalists for each category will be posted at www.arborday.org/ mytreecityusa40 and voting will begin. Voting will continue until 11:59 p.m. CT on May 5.

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Tree City USA began in 1976 and is marking its 40th Anniversary this year. Tree City USA is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters (Georgia Forestry Commission). This active partnership can be credited with the ongoing success of the program.

The Tree City USA program was designed to encourage better care of the nation’s community forests by awarding recognition to communities that meet four basic standards of a good tree care program. The Standards include:

Standard 1: A Tree Board or Tree Department

Standard 2: A Community Tree Ordinance

Standard 3: A Community Forestry Program with an Annual Budget of at least $2 per capita

Standard 4: An Arbor Day Observance and Proclamation

16 communities are celebrating 40 years of participation including Urbana, IL, Clay City, KS, Junction City, KS, Newton, KS, Auburn, NE. Paramus, NJ, Parsippany-Troy Hills Township, NJ, Grand Forks, ND, Mandan, ND, Springfield, OH, Westerville, OH, Wooster, OH, Salem, OR, Philadelphia, PA; and Upper Merion Township, PA.

More than 3,400 cities and towns take great pride in practicing sound urban forestry and being recognized as Tree City USA communities. Georgia’s oldest Tree City USA is Columbus, which celebrates its 38th year as a Tree City USA in 2016. The 10 oldest Tree City USAs in Georgia include:

City of Columbus – 38 Years

City of Avondale Estates – 32 Years

City of Marietta – 32 Years

City of Washington – 31 Years

City of Trenton – 31 Years

City of Savannah – 31 Years

City of Atlanta – 30 Years

City of Macon – 30 Years

City of Valdosta – 30 Years

City of Gainesville – 29 Years

Tree City USA increases public awareness of the many social, economic, and environmental benefits urban forests provide. Today, more than 137 million Americans make their homes in Tree City USA communities. They benefit daily from the cleaner air, shadier streets, and aesthetic beauty that healthy, well-managed urban forests provide.

If you do not live in a Tree City USA community, talk to your mayor or city council representative or state urban and community forestry agency. To learn more about the program, go to arborday.org or gatrees.org.

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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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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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by Tim Womick, TreeCircus in Albany, GA at Lincoln Magnet School with Georgia Forestry Commission and Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful

Since 1941 Georgians have been officially celebrating their oldest, hardest-working residents.

If we had to pay for the services they provide we couldn’t afford them. 

Studies from Emory to Texas A & M to the University of Chicago tell us if we live in a healthy urban forest (the forest where we live) we will be healthier, happier and even live longer.

The first question I ask at the start one of my TreeCircus shows is, “Who likes trees?”  It’s rare that the entire audience doesn’t raise their hand.  

When I finish my show I ask “Who will make a difference in your community?” and it’s rare the entire audience doesn’t raise their hand.

Georgia Arbor Day 2016 is Friday, February 19. 

When you walk outside the front door of where you work, live and worship, take the time to look at the trees there.  Do you know what types they are? Are they vigorous or in decline? Any dead branches up there? (That’s what certified arborists are for.)

The time is now to give trees their due respect.

Today, take  our younger generation out for an Arbor Day Neighborhood Walk.  Scientific research shows you, your brain, and the rest of your body will feel better. Teach your children well.


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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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