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Hello Georgia Tree Board Members and Urban Forestry Friends,

The Urban Update newsletter scfp-newsletter-february-2017 from the Sustainable Community Forestry Program, includes a list of recertified Tree City USAs and Tree Campus USAs for the 2016 year. Recertification materials have been shipped to our regional offices around the state.

Atlanta Arbor Day 1

City of Atlanta

Please join us for the Mayors’ Symposium on Trees and Statewide Arbor Day Celebration on February 14th at Trees Atlanta. Registration is free for mayors. We will highlight your campus or city’s 2016 Arbor Day successes, take photos of your tree board with State Forester Robert Farris, and prepare an individual news release for your city or campus. Your mayor can also have an opportunity to say a few words at the luncheon as well. Please call or email Susan (678-476-6227, sgranbery@gfc.state.ga.us) in advance to make arrangements regarding speaking or other announcements.

Arbor Day Proclamation 2016 Photo with Gov. Deal

Arbor Day Proclamation with Governor Deal 2016

If you are new to the Tree City USA program and would like to join a small group of us at the capitol on February 13th at 9:30 am, we will have a photo opportunity in the office of Governor Nathan Deal as he presents the official Georgia Arbor Day Proclamation. Please contact Susan Granbery if you are interested in joining us, along with your local legislators.

Happy Arbor Day!

Thank you,

The Georgia Forestry Commission, Sustainable Community Forestry Program

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Looking forward to our first Mayors’ Symposium on Trees and Statewide Arbor Day Celebration on Wednesday, February 17th at Trees Atlanta. The event is SOLD OUT and we have six mayors attending.

  • Mayor Patti Garrett, Decatur
  • Mayor Donna Pittman, Duluth
  • Mayor Denis Shortal, Dunwoody
  • Mayor Derek Easterling, Kennesaw
  • Mayor Robert Trammell, Luthersville
  • Mayor Jefferson Riley, Mansfield

Happy #GAarborday !

 

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Arbor Day Foundation

The Nov. 15 deadline to submit your 2015 Tree City USA and Tree Campus USA recertification applications has passed. We will still accept late applications, however we cannot guarantee you will receive your recognition materials in time for your Arbor Day celebration in 2016.

This year, we encourage you to try the online application system and are happy to help with any questions you might have. Please visit arborday. org/treecity to start your online application. You will be happy to know that the contact, tree board, and ordinance information you entered is saved each year and is automatically entered into the current year’s application. You will be able to edit this information as needed. This time saver is one of the many benefits of submitting your application online.

Thank you for your commitment to ensuring your community is a greener, healthier environment for all your citizens.

If you have any questions, please contact Bonny J. Adams, Georgia Forestry Commission, 5645 Riggins Mill Road, Dry Branch, GA 31020-9699, (478) 751-3485, badams@gfc.state.ga.us.

 

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This year, GUFC’s quarterly programs are focusing on tree canopy, stormwater management, and water quality. We’ll start with our first quarterly program, February 18 (10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) at the ECO River Education Center, 393 Riverside Parkway in Rome. Speakers include Berry College’s Dr. Martin Cipollini, who is also the director of their Longleaf Pine Project; City of Rome Environmental Manager Brian Roberts; Duncan Hughes, Watershed Manager of the Soque River Watershed Association; and Justin Ellis, Executive Director of the Soque River Watershed Association. Dr. Cipollini will discuss how restoration of native upland forests have positive downstream effects in addition to the intrinsic value of the restoration, using longleaf pine and chestnut trees as examples. We’ll also learn about the basics of trees and stormwater management, learn about Rome’s Burwell Creek Restoration Project and hear about the success of the Soque River Watershed Restoration Project.

After lunch (provided), we’ll have the State Arbor Day Ceremony with State Forester Robert Farris and readings of the State Arbor Day Proclamation and the City of Rome’s Proclamation. We’ll also present certificates of recognition to Tree City USA and Tree Campus USA representatives that are in attendance. Everyone is invited to stay for the Tree Board Networking reception and tree planting that rounds out the day. We hope to see you there!

4 ISA arborist CEUs will be available. Lunch is provided.

Registration: $40 GUFC members and representatives from Tree City and Tree Campus USAs in Georgia, $50 non-members. $10 discount per ticket for groups of three or more Georgia Tree City and Tree Campus USA reps/tree boards.

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This is a great idea started by the Macon Tree Commission!

Dear Tree Care Professional,

Greetings from the Macon Tree Commission! One of the duties of the Macon Tree Commission is to disseminate news and information regarding the protection, maintenance, removal and planting of trees. Although our jurisdiction only covers city owned property, we want to encourage better care of all trees in Macon and Bibb County. One way to ensure better tree care is to have more individuals with proper education and certification. Unfortunately, International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborists are rare in the Macon area.

Luckily, tree care professionals will have the opportunity to take a two day training course for ISA Certification at the Macon Georgia Forestry Commission Headquarters. The training will take place October 8-9, 2013. The cost of the training is $100 for Georgia Urban Forest Council members, $115 for non-members. However, the Macon Tree Commission would like to offer professionals that reside in Macon or work for tree care companies located in Macon a $50 scholarship to defray the cost of this important training. If you or one of your employees is interested in applying for this scholarship, please contact me at the phone number or email below. Due to limited funds, there are only a small number of scholarships available.

This training course will help attendees prepare for the ISA Certified Arborist Certification exam by providing lectures and hands-on demonstrations covering Tree Biology, Tree Identification, Soil Science, Water Management, Tree Nutrition and Fertilization, Tree Selection, Installation and Establishment, Pruning, Tree Support and Lightning Protection, Diagnosis and Plant Disorders, Plant Health Care, Tree Assessment and Risk Management, Trees and Construction, Urban Forestry, and Tree Worker Safety.

The Macon Tree Commission feels that the entire community will benefit from more trained professionals in the area. We are also aware that several businesses and institutions will only hire Certified Arborists and even the Macon Telegraph suggests homeowners seek out professionals with certification (‘Living Smart: Tree Care’ published August 22, 2013). Since it is difficult to find professions with certification, many hire firms from Atlanta and other areas outside of Macon. We want to keep those tree care jobs and dollars in Macon!

If you have any questions about the scholarship, please contact me. If you have questions concerning the details of the training course, please visit http://www.gufc.org/ or call 404-377-0404.

Sincerely,

Heather Bowman Cutway, Chair
478-972-2480, Cutway_hb@mercer.edu

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Attention Tree City USA Community Leaders!

The Arbor Day Foundation, in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters is currently conducting a comprehensive review of the Tree City USA program, its standards and participation. We need your input on how this program is supported and delivered in your community and ask that you take 10 minutes to complete the survey linked below:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RDSXC52

Your survey answers will only be used by our Tree City USA review committee for the purpose of improving the program. We will, however, enter each community completing the survey into a drawing for one of several Tree City USA prizes, including additional recognition material or resources.

– Dan Lambe, VP of Programs, Arbor Day Foundation

 

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Today we are featuring the City of Woodbine, Georgia.

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By Mark McClellan, Georgia Forestry Commission, and Beth McGowan, Woodbine Tree Board

The City of Woodbine became a Tree City USA in 2004. It was through the desire to be designated a Tree City USA that the tree board members joined together and began their journey. The board consists of five official members, 2 ex-officio members, 1 coordinator, and several honorary members.  Everyone who participates on the tree board contributes to its success.

In 2005, the tree board began to host a small workshop to provide education for local tree care professionals and the program has grown continually since. This year, the 8th Annual Tree Care Seminar was sponsored by Nalley Honda of Brunswick. Attendance was at a record high with 68 registered participants. A panel of professional speakers from the Georgia Forestry Commission, University of Georgia, EDKO LLC, University of Florida, and Bartlett Tree Experts presented a wide variety of topics including construction damage to trees, forest health, use of growth regulators in trees, updates on pesticide applications and proper pruning practices. Participants from multiple states were able to obtain International Society of Arboriculture,  pesticide and Continuing Forestry Education (CFE) credits.

As a result of these annual training programs, the tree board has strengthened its partnerships with Georgia Power, Okefenokee Rural Electric Municipal Corporation (OREMC) and Georgia Forestry Commission. OREMC helped with some major pruning of mature live oak canopy at the Riverwalk, and Georgia Power assisted on several occasions with larger tree plantings.  Both OREMC and Georgia Power also sponsored the Tree Care Seminars.

A special thanks goes to Jerry Holcomb who helped set up the Woodbine Tree Board, on which he still serves, and guided Woodbine through Tree City USA designation in 2003. Each year Jerry’s passion for providing a quality Tree Care Seminar has built a very talented speaker panel that provides the ability to offer a multitude of CFE credits.

And many, many thanks to all those professionals who give of their time and talents to join the Annual Tree Care Seminar speaker panel – you all are the heart of our program and we greatly appreciate you all!

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If your Georgia Tree Board would like to be featured on the Georgia Forestry Commission Sustainable Community Forestry Program blog, please contact Susan Granbery.

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