Posts Tagged ‘green infrastructure’

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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The Georgia Forestry Commission’s Sustainable Community Forestry Program is now using Constant Contact to reach Tree City USA and Tree Campus USA tree board members, legislators and partners. Check out the first issue of Community Tree News.

Community Tree News July 2017

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In this short video, discover the damaging effects of stormwater runoff and how you can help protect, preserve, and restore Coastal Georgia’s water quality and natural resources.

“Coastal Georgia’s Green Infrastructure & Stormwater Management,” can be viewed here https://vimeo.com/193902038

To learn more, visit:

Ecoscapes Sustainable Land Use Program, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant

Georgia Forestry Commission

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Suwanee, GA
At the Georgia Urban Forest Council’s Third Quarterly Program, we’ll spotlight stormwater projects around the state that involve trees and green infrastructure, such as the rain gardens at Macon’s Mercer University and the Town Green in Rome, Georgia. What works? What doesn’t? What are the preferred trees to plant for these types of projects? Speakers sharing their expertise will include landscape architects Brad Jones and Andrea Greco of Jacobs Engineering and Todd Fuller of HGOR. After lunch (provided), we’ll get a guided walking tour of the Waddell Barnes Botanical Garden, which grew to life with strong community commitment after the devastating 2008 middle Georgia tornado that destroyed 90% of the trees and plantings of the original gardens. We’ll enjoy learning about the many distinct sections: Asian Shade Trees, The Chinese Garden, the Evergreen Oak LEGACY_Arborist_servicesGrove, the Fragrance Garden, the Heritage Garden, the Native Mesic Grove, the Native Sub-Xeric Grove, the Native Wetland Grove, the Scholars Garden, the Spring Garden, and the Summer Garden.

Date and Time: August 21, 2014 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Location: Middle Georgia State College, 100 College Station Drive, Macon, Georgia 31206, in the Math Building

Registration: $40, member; $50 non-member at http://www.gufc.org

3 ISA Certified Arborist CEUS and 3 SAF Forestry CFEs, category 1 will be available. A professional development certificate of attendance will be available to landscape architects and others.

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Arbor Day Foundation is working with Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability on a project for National Association of Regional Councils. The goal of the project is to design tools that regional councils can use to promote robust and growing urban forestry programs among their member municipalities.

Our first step is a survey which will help sketch the current landscape for green infrastructure and urban forestry. Because this issue is important to the entire urban forestry community, we’ve agreed to distribute the survey to the 2013 Partners in Community Forestry conference attendees, and we sincerely hope you will respond. It should take less than 20 minutes of your time – and we believe the results will be useful to the entire urban forestry community.

Please note that the survey is being distributed by at least six different organizations and professional groups, so you’re likely to get several requests. Please submit only one response.

Also, with so many different disciplines responding, we urge that you provide your contact details – at least your title – at the end of the survey. This will help the Virginia Tech team analyze similarities and differences among the multiple disciplines involved in urban forestry and green infrastructure.

By clicking on the link below, you’ll go right to the survey.

Questions? Please contact Larry Wiseman at 202-258-0220 or ldwiseman@gmail.com

Thanks in advance for your cooperation. We expect to share results sometime this summer.

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The 2014 issue of SHADE is brimming with informative articles on creating green infrastructure, the public health benefits of trees and green spaces, re-greening to reduce stormwater flow, controlling the risk and managing the liability of trees, creating urban orchards, saluting Georgia Tree Campus USAs, the urban forestry accomplishments of volunteers and practitioners from around the state and so much more. We hope you enjoy Shade Magazine in this new format! Click here for your copy.

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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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