Posts Tagged ‘urban forestry’


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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A limited number of scholarships are available for 501 (c) 3 nonprofits and tree board members to attend Georgia Urban Forest Council’s Annual Conference in Savannah, November 4 & 5, “The Forest Pharmacy: Nature’s Prescription for Healthy Communities.”

  • Application deadline: October 2, 2015
  • Scholarship amount reimburses for conference registration only, $195
  • Applicants must be a member of the Georgia Urban Forest Council or join upon scholarship application.
  • Conference registration must be paid for in advance. If scholarship is awarded, registration will be reimbursed immediately following the conference.
  • A maximum of 1 scholarship per organization may be awarded.
  • Applicants will be notified ASAP.
  • Open to all Tree Boards and 501 (c) 3 nonprofit groups.

To download a scholarship application, click here.

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Jefferson’s 5th Annual Foliage Fest opens tomorrow at 10 am at City Park in Jefferson. Foliage Fest was inspired by Jefferson Heritage Tree Council as a way to maximize planting season to increase healthy urban tree canopy by putting locally grown trees into the hands of residents to plant on their own property. JHTC works to plant trees on city property and rights of way. Private plantings help increase urban tree canopy. Tree canopy is vital for cleaner air, the prevention of storm-water flooding, improved water quality, wildlife habitat, and overall better quality of life.

It’s Free, so Buy a Tree!
Admission to Foliage Fest is free and parking is free, although JHTC encourages everyone to purchase a tree to plant or give as a gift to celebrate trees and the benefits they give.

Your Brush with Fame at Foliage Fest
The schedule of events for Foliage Fest is set and includes a guest appearance by garden expert, Walter Reeves, whom you may know from newspapers, radio, GPTV or the DIY Network. Bring all of your gardening questions to him personally.

Bring a Chair and Enjoy Award-Winning Music
Music performances throughout the day feature appearances by FIVE local Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame Honorees, Jimmy Craft and Bobby Martin of Center Stage; and Clyde Beck and Sally Stites of The Sunroom Gang and Bill Long of the Now ‘n Then Band. Also featured is Mark Garrison of BlueBilly Grit, winner of the 2012 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Competition. And, Red Oak Southern Strings is back – a favorite out of the Watkinsville/Athens music scene with its Americana, folk and bluegrass favorites.

Hand-Made, Hand-Picked and Hand Cooked
You’ll see nearly 50 booths with foods, arts and crafts, canned produced, preserves, berry bushes, flowers and all sorts of locally made or grown exhibits. A list of vendors and a complete schedule can be found online at jeffersontreecouncil.org.

Weather Wise
Are you wondering about the weather and whether you should come? Current forecast says generally sunny and 75 degrees. A great day to be outdoors.

Volunteer with JHTC
Come for the day tomorrow or stay with the Jefferson Heritage Tree Council for a while by volunteering. We are always on the lookout for people passionate about making their community a better place to live through urban forestry.

Email us at growingupgreen@jeffersontreecouncil.org.
Visit us online at http://www.jeffersontreecouncil.org.

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The new issue of “SHADE magazine, Urban Trees Face Winter Storms” is now available in electronic and print form.

Timely topics include working with FEMA and GEMA, canopy assessments, community forest storm mitigation planning, talking to the media and more. Articles include “Document Your Way to Success,” “Don’t Strike Out!” (Urban Forest Strike Teams), “When Storms Top the News,” “Ice Storm 2014: Damage Done, Lessons Learned,” and much more. Learn from Georgia communities and their experience.

Contact the Georgia Urban Forest Council or Georgia Forestry Commission for further information about preparing community trees for ice and snow.

January 2015 SHADE (PDF)

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The 24th Georgia Urban Forest Council Annual Conference and Awards Program is October 22 and 23 at the Classic Center’s Foundry Building, 130 Foundry Street, in Athens.

The conference will provide a general overview of how this storm affected communities; how to be better prepared through making storm mitigation plans; performing tree assessments before the storm happens; working with staging areas for debris and wood utilization; communicating with the media; understanding declared vs. undeclared events; working with FEMA, GEMA, and strike teams; making scenario assessments; and learning more about damage and recovery of iced trees.

Join us for excellent general session talks, concurrent sessions, tours, and our annual urban forestry awards luncheon.

$135 for members (includes a $10 donation to Georgia ReLeaf)
$160 for non-members (includes discounted GUFC membership and a $10 donation to Georgia ReLeaf)

Scholarships for tree board registration are still available.

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The USDA Forest Service is launching a new monthly webinar series! Second Wednesdays, 1 p.m.-2 p.m. EDT.

Urban Forest Connections webinars will bring experts together to discuss the latest science, practice, and policy on urban forestry and the environment.

Whether you work for a state forestry agency, non-profit organization, municipality, university, private industry, public works, or public health and safety, we have something for you! Each month we’ll highlight a different topic. Our presenters will discuss key issues, share the latest research and technologies, and showcase successful projects and partnerships that are putting science into practice.

The series will kick off on September 10th with a presentation on Urban Forests for Human Health and Wellness by the University of Washington’s Kathleen Wolf and Legacy Health’s Teresia M. Hazen. More details coming your way soon!

We are seeking a 1.0 CEU with the International Society of Arboriculture for each webinar. Check out our webpage for updates on the series.

Urban Forest Connections is a product of the Forest Service’s National Urban Forest Technology & Science Delivery Team. The team’s mission is to help inform environmental stewardship and sustainably sound decisions about urban and community lands and the broader watershed, for wildlife and people.

Future Webinars:

October 8, 2014 | 1:00-2:00 pm ET
What California climate policy means for urban forests
Greg McPherson, USDA Forest Service
John Melvin, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CALFIRE)
Chuck Mills, California ReLeaf

November 12, 2014 | 1:00-2:00 pm ET
Tree Risk Assessment for Municipal Officials
Paul Ries, Oregon Department of Forestry
Jerry Mason, Mason and Stricklin, LLC

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The Urban Forest eLearning Project is a state-of-the-art online, distance-learning program geared specifically toward beginning urban foresters and those allied professionals working in and around urban and urbanizing landscapes, including service foresters, natural resource planners, landscape architects, city officials and public works employees.

Topic areas include:
• Costs and Benefits of Urban Forestry and Urban Forest Management
• Tree Growth and Development
• Urban Soils
• Site, Tree Selection and Planting
• Arboriculture
• Assessing and Managing Tree Risk
• Tree Disorder, Diagnosis and Management
• Trees and Construction
• Public Policy and Urban Forestry
• Urban Forest Management

Key Features: Inexpensive (nominal fee to register and receive professional credits), Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) and Society of American Foresters (SAF), 24-hour/7-days a week access, Flash-based® interactivity, video, and professional audio.

Developers and Partnering Agencies: U.S. Forest Service—Region 8 Urban and Community Forestry Program. Southern Regional Extension Forestry, Southern Group of State Foresters, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, Texas AgriLife Extension

Where: For ISA or SAF credit at: http://www.cfegroup.org and “non-credit” access at: http://elearn.sref.info

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