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Georgia Forestry Commission and Georgia Urban Forest Council

Location: Georgia
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Enjoy the Summer Issue of GUFC's Tree Talks Newsletter

In this issue:Spaces available in the August 21 GUFC Program at Waddell…Continue

Started by Administrator Aug 20.

Savannah Tree Canopy Study

American Grove Member Ian Hanou posted an interesting article about a canopy study in Savannah, GA.  Check it out at …Continue

Tags: Study, Canopy, Savannah

Started by Neil Norton Jul 17.

Reserve space before this popular training is full!

The first session on Saturday, Aug 2 is quickly approaching so register soon for the 8th round of TreeKeeper certification.  During 7 separate Sessions led by local experts and ISA Certified Arborists, students of all levels learn skills to put to…Continue

Started by Neil Norton Jul 9.

GUFC Third Quarterly Program is August 21 at Middle Georgia State College and the Waddell Barnes Botanical Gardens in Macon

 At this program, we'll discuss 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…Continue

Started by Mary Lynne Beckley Jul 2.

Trees Atlanta's Annual TreeKeeper Course

Kate Baltzell, Trees Atlanta's Education Coordinator, seeks participants in the City of Atlanta funded TreeKeeper program. Please promote to anyone, amateur or professional, who'd like to learn…Continue

Started by Jasen Johns Jul 1.

GUFC presents a "Creating Urban Orchards" workshop June 25 1 Reply

Join us in Jefferson on June 25 to learn more about creating urban orchards.  Details:June 259:00 a.m. – 12 noonJefferson Civic Center, 65 Kissam St, Jefferson, GA 30549 Speakers:  Arborist Susan RussellJackson County Extension Agent Sam IngramSarah…Continue

Started by Mary Lynne Beckley. Last reply by Jasen Johns Jun 11.

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Comment by Neil Norton on October 23, 2013 at 11:27am
Attending GUFC's Tree Canopy and Green Infrastructure in Columbus Georgia. Topic #1: Using GIS to gather data for GI. Topic #2: Urban development impact on watersheds. Developing forests creates flashy conditions. Forests act as a "kidney Function" for watersheds.
Comment by Neil Norton on February 27, 2013 at 10:58am

Looking for great trees in Metro Atlanta.  Be sure to check out Trees Atlanta's Champion Tree Map

How about hidden forests in Georgia.  Go tot heGeorgia Urban Forests Notable Forests.  Scroll to the bottom for the map. 

Comment by Elizabeth Bier on January 10, 2013 at 9:54am

So glad to be a member!

Comment by Neil Norton on October 29, 2012 at 10:40am

GA Exotic Pest Plant Council Annual Meeting at Griffin, GA

November 8, 2012 from 9am to 4pm

Stuckey Conference Center, UGA1109 Experiment StreetGriffin, GeorgiaKeynote SpeakerDouglas W.…

Comment by Administrator on October 19, 2012 at 10:02am

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Contact: Dave Teffeteller FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
404-895-3940 Date: October 2, 2012
Donna Shearer, founder and Chairman of Save Georgia’s Hemlocks (SGH), is a finalist for the 2012 Cox Conserves Heroes award for her work to save north Georgia’s Eastern (Canadian) Hemlock and Carolina Hemlock. These species are in grave danger of being wiped out by an imported Asian insect, the hemlock woolly adelgid. The winner, to be selected by popular on-line vote October 1 – 29, will receive a substantial monetary gift for his/her nonprofit organization. You can help increase awareness of this important issue and funding for SGH programs by voting.
Under Donna’s leadership, SGH has established educational programs to raise the public’s awareness of the dire consequences of losing the hemlocks and the practical solutions available to save them, developed in-depth training for volunteers who provide hemlock-related advice and assistance to others in their communities, offers charitable service to aid property owners who have limited financial resources for hemlock treatment, and supplies volunteer labor to public land managers such as the U. S. Forest Service to help with hemlock treatment in Georgia’s hemlock conservation areas.
"It is a great honor to receive this recognition for our work to save the hemlocks," Shearer said. "It will help to increase the public's awareness of the crisis that threatens the beauty and environmental balance of Georgia’s mountain ecosystem as well as the economic health of communities that rely heavily on tourism and outdoor recreation such as hiking and trout fishing, and the monetary award will enable SGH to expand our educational and charitable service efforts on behalf of these magnificent trees."
Please vote for vote for Donna and Save Georgia's Hemlocks! From October 1 – 29, go to for the voting site, watch the video profiles, and cast your vote.
Save Georgia’s Hemlocks is a 100% volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of concerned citizens dedicated to preserving, conserving, and restoring endangered hemlocks through education and charitable service. To learn more, please visit or call the Hemlock Help LineSM 706-429-8010.

Comment by Administrator on October 19, 2012 at 9:38am
From Sustainable Community Forestry, A Program of the Georgia Forestry Commission.

Fall Leaf Report for the Weekend of Oct. 20th


Some pretty fall foliage is beginning to appear in northwest Georgia. Hickories are just starting to turn yellow and sourwoods are a brilliant orange-red. You’ll see deep hues of purplish reds in dogwoods, blackgums and sweetgums, while maples are bursting forth with orange and red. Oaks are slowly fading into shades of crimson.

There is still a good amount of time left in the season, but leaves have been slow to turn so far. Peak in northwest Georgia is usually around the last week in October.

For a scenic trip this weekend, consider the Lookout Mountain Scenic Highway atop the mountain at Highways 157 and 189. You’ll find beautiful views of Cloudland Canyon from the overlook and along the trails. MurrayCounty, Grassy Mountain, the Mill Creek overlook and area around Fort Mountain State Park are also showing some beautiful fall color.


Upper elevations are still the big show in northeast Georgia, but color is beginning to develop across the entire region. Georgia Forestry Commission foresters estimate a 30-percent color change has occurred. The hickories and poplars are showing great yellows and golds, and maples are coming on strong with shades of yellow, orange and red. The poplars and birches are starting to loose the leaves, along with the black gums. The dogwoods are not as vibrant with red and burgundy this year, but there is still strong understory color from the gums, sassafras, and sumac, also in the deep purple to red, orange and yellow hues. Higher elevations are turning fast (about 50 to 70 percent) and cooler temperatures this week should speed things up. Peak color is predicted in about two weeks.

Weather forecasts indicate a terrific weekend ahead. Here are two good scenic outing options: From Dahlonega, take GA 60 to Morganton. Or, from Calhoun, take GA 53 to Jasper and then go north to Blairsville or Morganton. GA 60 is a favorite route for motorcycles any weekend. Add color to the trip and traffic may get heavy along this route, so be aware.

Comment by Neil Norton on September 7, 2012 at 11:38am

Join the Georgia Urban Forest Council at this year's ArborJam in support of Georgia ReLeaf a tree planting initiative to help restore the urban forests in Georgia towns and cities that have been devastated by storms. This year's event will be at the Marietta Museum of History, housed on the second floor of the historic Kennesaw House, which is the subject of many stories and local ghost folklore and featured on CNN, The History Channel and PBS.  By attending ArborJam, you support towns and cities across Georgia that have lost trees to storms and need funding to replant them.  We hope to see you there!  

Tickets are $45, and a portion of your ticket is tax-deductible.  

Eventbrite - ArborJam 2012

Comment by Administrator on August 16, 2012 at 9:28am

The annual walk in the forest for Metro Atlanta Scouts sponsored by the Forestry Commission will be October 20th.  View more info here!

Comment by Neil Norton on June 21, 2012 at 11:07am

It is hot out there!  Be sure to water your trees this summer, especially any planted in the last few years.  Below are some great watering tips from Casey Trees in DC.

You know to give your trees 25 gallons of water per week, but how do you get the water to them? Here are some tips for moving water to trees this summer.

Transporting water:

  • Use a hose. If you have one of these connected to a water supply you’re in great shape. Conquer any distance by attaching hoses together.
  • Get creative. Use old buckets or water cooler jugs to transport and pour water.
  • Carry water in a wheelbarrow or wagon. Hand-propelled vehicles lighten any load.
  • Use teamwork. If you work together, you can accomplish a lot more. Bring your friends or your family along to help you water trees.

Delivering the water to the tree:

  • Install a slow-release watering bag (such as an Ooze Tube). Use bags that hold the recommended 25 gallons of water. Watering bags can be purchased at most home improvement, garden and nursery stores.
  • Use a funnel. Funnels effectively pour water into watering bags and reduce waste from spilling.
  • Turn a hose on a low trickle for half an hour. If you don’t have a slow-release watering bag, set up your hose to run on a low setting. You can stick around or walk away, but remember to turn the water off after you are finished so that you don’t waste water or over-water the tree.
  • Make your own slow-release watering device. Add holes to the bottom of a bucket and place at the base of a tree. You can fill it up and then walk away.

Remember to take care when watering trees, especially young ones. They will need 25 gallons of water per week on average, delivered slowly and carefully. Street trees in your neighborhood may also need water as they tend to not have much permeable ground nearby to gather water for their roots. It is the responsibility of residents to take care of watering street trees near their property.

Ready to water your trees? Take the 25 to Stay Alive Pledge and receive a rain gauge to determine whether your trees are getting enough water. We send them free to anyone who signs the pledge and lives within 25 miles of Washington, D.C. Casey Trees announces the watering recommendation for the coming week every Monday morning to let you know how much watering is needed. If you need a quick update on the current watering conditions, visit our homepage (this week it is very hot, so your trees need the water!). Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates on tree watering and other news from Casey Trees.

Comment by Neil Norton on April 12, 2012 at 9:51am

View the history, composition, and size of southern forests though interactive maps and videos at this incredible website,   Watch a video or just explore the maps using google earth. 


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