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For Immediate Release…February 8, 2018

Citizens across the state will observe Georgia’s Arbor Day on Thursday and Friday, February 15 and 16, 2018. Special events that celebrate the many benefits of trees will be held in cities including Atlanta, Athens and Woodbine.

“Georgia’s Arbor Day is always held on the third Friday in February, which is in the middle of our planting season,” said Chuck Williams, Director of the Georgia Forestry Commission. “Whether you’re adding trees to your yard, a city park, or any other landscape, you’re doing something important for the environment. Trees are a renewable resource that link us all,” Williams said.

Georgia has earned the distinction of being the #1 state for forestry in the nation. Georgia boasts 24.8 million acres of forestland, with 90 percent of it privately owned. The forest industry has a $35.2 billion impact on Georgia’s economy, with the urban forestry sector adding another $4 billion. Forests in Georgia provide an estimated $37 billion in ecosystem services, including clean air, clean water, and wildlife habitat.

In Atlanta, an Arbor Day event co-hosted by the Georgia Forestry Commission and Georgia Urban Forest Council on Thursday, February 15 at Trees Atlanta will feature a panel discussion with Metro Atlanta mayors and managers. Discussion will focus on collaboration that builds partnerships for the protection of community trees. The Tree City, Tree Line and Tree Campus USA programs will recognize their new and renewing members, and Columbus, Ga. will be honored for its 40th year as a Tree City. Gerald McDowell, Executive Director of Aerotropolis Atlanta Community Improvement District, will be the keynote speaker.

In Athens, a regional tree board roundtable, tree planting, and Tree City USA Awards lunch will be held at Flinchum’s Phoenix. In Woodbine, a tree care seminar at the Woodbine Community Center will cover invasive plants and insects, pruning, hurricane preparation and more.

For more information about Arbor Day events, visit http://www.gatrees.org/resources/events/. For more about the benefits of trees, and services of the Georgia Forestry Commission, visit GaTrees.org.

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For more information, contact: Wendy Burnett 478.751.3535 wburnett@gfc.state.ga.us


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Community Tree News is sent quarterly through Constant Contact. This issue was sent January 4th. To join our mailing list, send an email to sgranbery@gfc.state.ga.us.

In addition to the Tree City USAs listed in the newsletter, several more have been certified for 2017 and will receive their materials in the next few weeks: Alpharetta, Augusta, Bainbridge, Blairsville, Clayton, Dublin, Forsyth, Fort Gordon, Jekyll Island, LaGrange, Louisville, Millen, Montezuma, Richmond Hill, Summerville, Thomasville, Tifton, Tybee Island and Union Point.

Join us for our statewide Arbor Day celebration in Georgia on February 15! More information.

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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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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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