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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 20 hours ago.

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 Wind Chapman on March 8, 2011 at 5:55pm

Carol, you wanted trees for forage for what animals? Cherry trees are safe when green. However the wilted leaves are cyanogenic and kill animals directly or in directly each year.

Ignore all of this if you are wanting trees that you can harvest food from. I recommend the persimmon, paw-paw, hazlenut, walnut, chestnut oak, and my favorite, the hickory tree. The oak needs to have the tannins taken out (I boil the crushed acorns and change the water twice.) The hickory nuts open with gentle roasting in a skillet and the oil from the crushed nut is exquisite.

Comment by Neil Norton on March 8, 2011 at 5:01pm
Yes Paw Paw Trees do produce a fantastic fruit, however, the fly that pollinates them has gone missing of late.  You can hand pollinate or do it the old fashioned way, hang a piece or rotting meat near the tree, which in turn attracts the fly.  By the way, another ecosystem service of the forests, habitat for pollinators!
Comment by Carol Norton on March 8, 2011 at 3:57pm
Yum. Would love to try planting a chestnut tree but may settle for one of the fruits. Someone just told me paw paw trees have great fruit. I didn't know that.
Comment by Neil Norton on March 8, 2011 at 10:03am
Prunus includes plums, cherries, peaches, apricots, almonds.   Other trees that come to mind are chestnut, walnut, and persimmon.   Georgia is rich in forage tree species!  Of course, chestnuts have mostly been wiped out, although rumors persist that there are hidden groves that are resistent to chestnut blight!
Comment by kathryn kolb on March 8, 2011 at 9:33am
yes - there are several species - look for species of "prunus" - some are quite tasty
Comment by Carol Norton on March 7, 2011 at 6:38pm
I am wondering if anyone knows where I can find out information on local forage tree species. Are any cherries native to Georgia by any chance?
Comment by Neil Norton on March 7, 2011 at 12:39pm
Our State Senators will be voting on a bill to allow billboard companies to clear-cut public trees on our highways.  Clear cutting trees for billboards harms the scenic beauty along Georgia highways. Billboard companies can already trim and remove trees under Georgia state law, but now they want the ability to cut down even more trees. This is our last chance to stop this harmful bill. Please contact your senator today!


House Bill 179 allows billboard companies to clear cut every single tree in a view zone in front of a billboard. Thanks to a team of powerful lobbyists, HB 179 has moved quickly through the Georgia State Legislature despite significant public opposition.

HB 179 could be voted on by the full Senate as early as tomorrow, March 8.  This is the last vote before heading to the Governor for final approval.

Billboard owners can already trim and cut trees in front of billboards under existing law, but the billboard industry wants to back away from a deal they agreed to years ago so they can cut down every single hardwood and pine tree in a view zone in front of their signs. These are trees in the public right of way that would be sacrificed for private gain.

Georgia state senators should vote NO on House Bill 179 to protect the environment and stand up to powerful special interests
Action Needed:
Contact your state senator today to tell them to vote NO on House Bill 179.

Deadline for responding: Please take action today - the bill could be up for a vote by the entire Senate by tomorrow, March 8.

Act Now

The following organizations are participating in this campaign:
    Georgia Canoeing Association
    Georgia Conservancy
    Georgia Conservation Voters
    Georgia Forest Watch
    Georgia River Network
    Mothers & Others for Clean Air
    Sierra Club - Georgia Chapter
    Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
    Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
Comment by Susan Granbery on February 23, 2011 at 10:19pm
Congratulations to the University of Georgia (UGA) which is being recognized as a new Tree Campus USA on February 24th. The Georgia Forestry Commisssion is presenting the plaque and flag to President, Dr. Michael Adams at 10 Terrell Hall. UGA is also home to Georgia's Champion Blackgum tree, which will also be recognized.
Comment by Susan Granbery on February 15, 2011 at 11:29am

Friday, Feb. 18 is Arbor Day in Georgia. For a listing of community events, visit the GFC's Sustainable Community Forestry Program Blog:


Comment by Administrator on February 9, 2011 at 4:10pm
Did you see this AJC article of the value of Georgia's tree? They're worth $37 billion.

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