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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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AmericanGrove.org is a social network of community tree and urban forestry advocates. The website, http://www.americangrove.org is managed by the nonprofit Georgia Urban Forest Council. The mission of the website is to be an online community for sharing tree-planting experiences and knowledge that will encourage others to create thriving community forests. AmericanGrove.org’s footprint exceeds over 4100 google-indexed pages. In its five year history, it has had over half a million page views. Its 4000- plus unique members are urban forestry advocates and tree enthusiasts, potentially growing any content on American Grove exponentially. American Grove also relies on its network of social media to both draw attention to tree content on the Grove as well as tree content from across the internet. The administrator of American Grove is at the hub of tree content production, curation, and propagation. The administrator also sets the tone and personality of American Grove though design, support, and choice of content.

The intern must be committed to working 5-8 hours per week.

This is a part-time internship and work can be done at home.  The intern will be paid over a two-semester period in monthly hourly payments at a rate of $15 per hour.

Interested candidates may send their resumes, a small writing sample, and contact information to marylynne@gufc.org until July 1.  Selected candidate will begin internship around August 1 or the beginning of their fall academic semester.


This position requires that the intern:

Must be enrolled in undergrad or grad school and commit to the internship for 2 semesters.

Must have integrity in weekly progress reports and time sheets.

Must have excellent communication and writing skills, creativity, and a natural eye for good web layout. Candidates will be asked to submit a short writing sample.

Must love trees and the natural environment.


Mary Lynne Beckley

Executive Director

Georgia Urban Forest Council

P.O. Box 2199

Stone Mountain, Georgia 30086

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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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The February issue of the Urban Update newsletter (click the link above) is full of information for tree board members, including a list of recertified Georgia Tree City USAs, information about the Mayor’s Symposium on Trees and Statewide Arbor Day Celebration on February 17th at Trees Atlanta,  A tree board webinar series, Arbor Day facts, food forests, a tree risk workshop in coastal Georgia, and more!

Happy Arbor Day!

Tree Team

Berry College Tree Team

From the Georgia Forestry Commission, Sustainable Community Forestry Program

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The Georgia Urban Forest Council recently funded Project Pay It Forward in the City of Valdosta through a Georgia ReLeaf grant.

The purpose of Project Pay It Forward is to partner with the American Legion Post 13 on a community event to improve the quality of life for veterans and future generations, while recognizing veterans for the contributions and sacrifices they have made for our country.

Funding helped purchase 7 trees to be planted within the city right-of-way. A Ginkgo tree was planed to replace a diseased/dying Ginkgo that was planted in 1994 in memory of Margaret Ashely Greene – Gold Star Mother, WWI. In conjunction with the tree planting, the volunteers helped to clean-up the flower beds and place new pine straw.

The project work day was held on Saturday November 7th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. City staff performed work (e.g. grading, preparing holes for trees, etc.) the week ahead of time. In addition, the Home Depot Distribution Center provided 16 volunteers on November 6th to help remove weeds and lay sod. 32 volunteers participated in the project work day and assisted with leveling the locations where the trees and flower beds are located, installed 30 plants, removing weeds, trimming back overgrowth, and placing new pine straw. In addition, 65 cards were made for veterans and three aged signs were replaced (e.g. handicap parking). Following the planting of the Ginkgo tree, city staff thanked everyone for helping to make this project possible and shared information on the Georgia ReLeaf grant program that made the project possible. In addition, city staff surprised the American Legion Post 13 members with historical information on the Gold Star Mother and her son, Captain J. Gardner Greene who was killed in WWI on September 12, 1918 since the original records had been lost.

On November 11th, the American Legion Post 13 hosted the community Veterans Day Ceremony at Bzaemore – Hyder Stadium, which is located directly across the street from the American Legion. Everyone was invited to the American Legion for lunch and to celebrate the Marine’s 240th birthday. Patriotic bows where placed on each tree and a tag that included information on the grant and the project partners. The total project cost was $7,838.20, which includes $2,725 in grant funds and $5,113.20 in donations / in-kind services and local funds.

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Historic Hopeful Church was established in 1825. The church, cemetery and garden had fallen into a state of disrepair as church membership declined. A group of community volunteers came forward and have been working this past year on restoring and preserving Hopeful Church.

Fayette County, home of Hopeful Church, was established as an original county by the State of Georgia and named in honor of General LaFayette who came from the royal court at the Palace of Versailles to help in the Revolutionary War.

In 2000, school children from Fayette County and the State of Georgia provided Georgia Forestry Commission seedlings for the Palace of Versailles following a devastating storm in Dec. 1999 that wiped out more than 10,000 trees at Versailles. Now, Hopeful Church in Fayette County has been offered a 6′ bareroot “Marie Antoinette Oak” from the royal garden. The tree is a descendant of the favorite tree of the queen. The Palace of Versailles in France is sending the  tree and their top young gardner to Hopeful Church in Fayette County for a rededication event on May 2 at 11 a.m. Georgia Forestry Commission Foresters assisted with preparing the planting hole for this special tree.

Hopeful Church has a rich history. It is the final resting place of Matthew Yates of Yates Apple fame. There are also many members of the Thornton family buried at Hopeful Church. They are direct descendants of Matthew Thornton who signed the Declaration of Independence.

Reposted from the Fayette County News: http://fayette-news.com/yates-apple-trees-fundraiser-benefits-hopeful-church/.

A grand rededication of the restored 1825 Hopeful Church building and grounds at Hwy. 92 North and New Hope Road north of Fayetteville has been scheduled for Saturday, May 2 at 11 a.m.

In the meantime, volunteer Dean Breest says there’s still plenty of work to be done around the church, and, while volunteers are welcomed pretty much any day of the week, Saturdays are the biggest work days. Only two more of those Saturdays remain between now and the rededication, and those interested in lending a hand can either just show up or call Breest at 404-915-1414 for more information.

Also in the meantime, The Art of Landscaping on Hwy. 85 in South Fayetteville is offering a limited number of Yates apple trees to anyone donating $100 or more to Hopeful 1825 Restoration, which is a 501(c)(3) organization, meaning donations are also tax deductible. According to owner Robbie Martin, 50 of the trees were specially ordered and planted and are being nurtured for this fundraiser.

According to Breest, the donor contributing the most money through the Yates apple tree fundraiser will also receive a hand-made bench built from a tree from the Hopeful Church property.

The Yates apple tree, which is said to produce an apple ideal for making cider, is perhaps the most significant tree to Fayette County history because it was developed in Fayette County by Matthew Yates (1801-1880), who happens to also be buried in the Hopeful Church cemetery, which was also spruced up over the last several months as part of the overall restoration project.

Matthew Yates is the great-grandfather of State Representative John Yates (R-Griffin), who, at the age of 93, is the oldest member and last surviving World War II veteran in the Georgia General Assembly. His district includes much of southern Fayette County.

Learn more about the Hopeful Church restoration project at www.Facebook.com/Hopeful1825.

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