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Each year, all across Georgia, individuals, organizations, businesses, elected officials, and communities are doing good things for our trees.  They are planting trees, preserving trees, and promoting the benefits of trees, and we need your help in identifying them and thanking them for their good work! 

The Georgia Urban Forest Council (GUFC) is calling for nominations for its 2012 Excellence in Urban Forestry Awards. One grand award is given to each of the following categories: Marketing, Streetscape Revitalization, Greenspace Plan, New Development, New Initiative, Business, Media, Civic Organization, Community, Elected/Appointed Official, Education, Individual Achievement, Student, and Urban Arboriculture.

Award winners will receive a limited edition framed print of a majestic Georgia tree commissioned solely for the contest. All winners will be featured on our website. Recipients will be recognized at GUFC’s 2012 Annual Conference Awards Luncheon on October 25, 2012 at the Del’avant Center in LaGrange, Georgia. 

For more details and an awards nomination form, click here. The deadline for nominations is September 14, 2012.

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Several hardworking volunteers make up Atlanta’s Tree Conservation Commission.  The Commission is a dedicated citizen board appointed by the Mayor and City Council, tasked with promoting the “protection, maintenance, and regeneration of the trees and forest resources of the City of Atlanta.” 

Members are appointed for two-year terms, but many members serve multiple terms.  The Tree Commission establishes a variety of educational and other programs to encourage proper management and maintenance of trees, plans for the protection and promotion of Atlanta’s urban forest, and it hears and decides appeals of decisions of administrative officials related to trees.

The tree ordinance requires that members represent various professions and areas of expertise.  The current Commission includes Co-Chairs, Dan White and Bruce Morton (both Council District representatives); landscape architect, Charlotte Gillis; planner, Joel Reed; builder, Jim Brown; architect, Bill Fuller; professional arborist, Rob Swanson; and lay citizen, Jamilla Mindingall.

Recent work includes collaboration with the City of Atlanta Department of Planning and Community Development and the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs to initiate:

  • a 10,000 Tree Planting Campaign;
  • a Downtown Tree Inventory (with support from a Georgia Forestry Commission grant);
  • an update of the City’s tree protection ordinance;
  • workshops on tree maintenance and pruning for City crews; and
  • planning for a City-wide tree canopy analysis. 

More information about the Tree Commission, Atlanta’s tree ordinance, and tree care in the Piedmont can be found at www.atlantatreecommission.com.

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Volunteers are an essential part of planting and caring for trees in communities. Now there is a quick and easy way to find opportunities to help out near where you live.

The arbordaynow.org Volunteer Center is a new part of the Arbor Day Foundation website that matches volunteers and local needs. Simply type in your Zip code to see a list of tree- and conservation-related opportunities in your vicinity. Details about the work and how to sign up are included. Conversely, any organization that needs volunteer help is invited to post its needs on the site.

Join the millions of Americans who are helping to improve the quality of life in their communities by volunteering. Stewards of our trees and other natural resources not only contribute to the environment today, they make new friends, learn more about trees, and gain personal satisfaction that comes from providing for a better tomorrow.

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To help repair and revitalize the City of Ringgold  in the wake of the April 27, 2011 tornadoes, Trees for Ringgold organized a tree planting  of more than 250 trees in the city on Thursday, Oct. 27. To follow are some pictures of the tree planting day and links to some of the media.

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Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) staff, along with partners from the Georgia Urban Forest Council, The City of Dalton, Downey Trees, Lilly, The Home Depot and more helped plant the trees. Volunteers from GFC included: Jeremy Ridley (Ranger I-Catoosa-Whitfield Unit), Darryl Jackson (Forest Technician-Rome),  Ken Masten (District Manager-Gainesville), Ritchie Mullen (Forester-Ellijay), Gary McGinnis (Forester-Cedartown), Josh Burnette (Forester-Rome), Chuck Arnold (Chief Ranger-Catoosa-Whitfield Unit), Lynne Boyd (ARRA Forester-Rome),  and Joe Burgess (Community Forester-Marietta), Joan Scales (Partnership Coordinator – Stone Mountain) and myself from the Sustainable Community Forestry Program.

David Dunn from Trees for Ringgold wrote the following: “All of the hard work and planning of the last several months paid off yesterday with a spectacularly successful day.  I was personally overwhelmed by way things fell into place and unfolded.  I heard nothing but glowing comments about our project and was almost left speechless (I said, almost!) by the events of the day.  Time forced me leave many names out on the stage and I apologize to those of you who I slighted – if it were possible I would have called the role of each and every one of you and had you take a bow for you deserved that.  From Chattanooga to Atlanta, the indomitable spirit of Ringgold was held up as an example for everyone, and you made that happen.  All of this is simply to say thank you, for giving me an experience that I will treasure for the rest of my life.” David

Fox 5 News Atlanta: Ringgold Residents Mark 6-Month Anniversary of Tornado

Times Free Press: Volunteers plant over $10,000 worth of trees in Ringgold (Photo by Tim Barber)

Times Free Press (Video by Patrick Smith)

Fox 5: Group Helps Rebuild Ringgold With Trees

Times Free Press: Replanting Trees in Ringgold after the tornadoes aids community healing

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Here’s a summary of just some of the Arbor Day events happening in cities across the state in 2011 in celebration of Arbor Day! Keep checking back. We’ll post more events as we receive them.

Mansfield – The city will celebrate Arbor Day today, February 11, 2011.  They will be recognized as a Tree City USA.

Smyrna Arboretum

Smyrna – Keep Smyrna Beautiful, Inc. and the City of Smyrna will celebrate Arbor Day on Saturday, February 19th.  A ceremony will be held at 11:00 a.m. in the Arboretum by the Community Center at 200 Village Green Circle.  A light lunch will follow the ceremony.  This is a free event that is open to the public with reservations required.  In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held inside Community Center.  An educational display can also be viewed in the Center’s lobby through the month of February.  Call Keep Smyrna Beautiful at 770-431-2863 to make reservations.

Norcross – The Norcross Tree Preservation Board would very much like to share Arbor Day with you.  We will be planting a Pin Oak (Quercus palustris) in front of Norcross Fire Station 1, located on Lawrenceville Street.  Arbor Day is February 18, and the time will be 2:00 PM.  We will also be serving refreshments in the Welcome Center next door. Trees are a very important part of our city and the Norcross Tree Preservation Board is excited to be adding another beautiful tree to our town.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Decatur – Announcing they are a new participant in the Tree City USA program on Feb. 18th, along with a tree planting and the Nally Tree Festival in the Decatur Square on Feb. 12th, noon – 3 p.m.

Avondale Estates – Celebrating Arbor Day Friday, February 18 at 2:00 p.m.

Duluth – Friday, February 18, 2011- 10 a.m. Downtown Duluth.

Atlanta – Visit the Trees Atlanta Web Site for a full list of programs incluting a tree planting on Beltline and the planting of a Liberty Elm at Georgia Tech.

Saturday, April 2, 2011, 11am-4pm – 5th Annual Urban Forestry Festival to celebrate Southwest Atlanta’s urban forests at the Outdoor Activity Center, sponsored by WAWA. http://atlantaga.creativeloafing.com/Events/5th-annual-urban-forestry-festival/7965413

Woodbine – Friday, February 18th – Memorial Trees dedicated on the Woodbine Riverwalk for Donnie Bennett, Ranger 1 Georgia Forestry Commission, Camden Unit.  Plan to begin dedication at 11AM.

Oxford – Arbor Day Celebration to be held Saturday, February 19, 2011, 10:00 A.M.-12:00 Noon at the New City Hall meeting room and adjacent park. All citizens and friends of Oxford are cordially invited to celebrate our trees and learn more about this essential resource we share but often take for granted. Activities inside: Reading of Arbor Day proclamation by the Mayor, Presentation of Tree City and Growth awards, Dedication of new trees at City Hall, Announcing Palmer-Stone Elementary student winners of art contest (graphic and writing), Display about Oxford’s trees and their worth (property values, energy savings, aesthetics), Information on caring for trees and dollar value of City Hall’s new and old trees. Refreshments Activities outside: Educational game with prizes for all attending elementary and middle school students, Attendees can assist (bring gloves, shovels, rakes) or observe Cousins Middle School students in demonstrating proper planting of one new tree (avoid strangling and burying alive) and proper mulching (avoid smothering). Attendees may take home seedlings provided through the generosity of the Service Guild of Covington and facilitated by the Georgia Forestry Commission.

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Channel 2 WSB-TV and the Trust for Public Land encourage you to nominate community volunteers for the Cox Conserves Heroes program. Volunteers must be unpaid and work to preserve or enhance places for everyone to enjoy – parks, greenways, gardens, waterways, plazas, streets and public squares.

By showcasing unsung heroes, WSB-TV and TPL hope to inspire more people to take an active role in neighborhood conservation, while also providing financial support to local environmental nonprofits.

Nominations are being accepted through August 20 at 5:00 p.m.

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Bill at Trees Atlanta Tree Sale

Congratulations to Bill Pardue! A long time volunteer with Trees Atlanta, Bill was recently chosen by the Alliance for Community Trees (ACT) and ServiceNation as ACT’s Volunteer of the Year.

Bill impressed the judges with his clear passion for the cause and loyalty to helping build the organization so that it can spread its mission. While his commitment was evident, the judges also got a sense of the fun and togetherness that he brings to tree planting (by organizing social get-togethers, smiling, and making other people happy). He impressed reviewers as grounded and savvy (ex. he is plugged into other key efforts like building Atlanta’s Beltline, which is the biggest new urban parks project in the country), and special note was taken that he is both a volunteer and a donor. Bill was honored locally on Saturday night by Trees Atlanta. 

About the Volunteer of the Year Award
The award highlights inspirational accounts of volunteers in action, and nominations are open to any individual (board member, community organizer, pro bono consultant, etc.) whose volunteer efforts have made a contribution to urban forestry by improving community trees and the neighborhoods which they are in. ACT seeks volunteers who model the ideals of stewardship, giving, professionalism, and leadership. One winner is awarded a trip to Washington, DC to meet with his/her Member of Congress.

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