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The City of Winterville is holding its first Tree Talk Monday, October 22, 2018, from 6-8pm on ways to identify and manage invasive plants in urban and community forests.

An expert panel will provide an overview of invasive plants in the Athens and Winterville area and programs and resources to better manage our forests. Expert speakers include Lauren Muller (Invasive Plant Manager Coordinator, Athens Land Trust), Gary Crider (Memorial Park Weed Warriors Manager

The annual hunt is on for America’s greatest tree! The American Grove, an online community of tree enthusiasts, sponsors the Great American Tree Competition (GATC) to find the nation’s most remarkable tree19209697?profile=originals.

The contest is open to everyone, with a submission deadline of June 8 to To enter, submit a photograph of the tree and a description of why it is special, along with its location, species, and size, including its estimated height and/or diameter. Multiple photos and mu


3311503696?profile=RESIZE_1024x1024This year, 15 communities in Georgia were certified as a Tree City USA for the first time. They are:

  • Arcade
  • Bowersville
  • Canon
  • Carnesville
  • Chamblee
  • Chickamauga
  • Crawfordville
  • Demorest
  • Grayson
  • Hephzibah
  • Lexington
  • Lyerly
  • Siloam
  • Walnut Grove
  • Winterville

By the numbers, 29.87% of Georgia’s population lives in a Tree City USA community.

  • The longest running Tree City USA community in Georgia is Columbus, which is celebrating 40 years in the program.
  • Georgia’s longest active Growth Award recipient i


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In addition to the Tree City USAs listed in the newsletter, several more have been certified for 2017 and will receive their materials in the next few weeks: Alpharetta, Augusta, Bainbridge, Blairsville, Clayton, Dublin, Forsyth, Fort Gordon, Jekyll Island, LaGrange, Louisville, Millen, Montezuma, Richmond Hill, Su


In this short video, discover the damaging effects of stormwater runoff and how you can help protect, preserve, and restore Coastal Georgia’s water quality and natural resources.

“Coastal Georgia’s Green Infrastructure & Stormwater Management,” can be viewed here

To learn more, visit:

Ecoscapes Sustainable Land Use Program, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant

Georgia Forestry Commission

The tree board of Agnes Scott College is hosting an Arbor Day challenge. Students and staff are encouraged to take a picture of themselves with their favorite tree on campus and write a poem or short remark about the tree for Georgia's Arbor Day, February 17. #GAarborday  

Agnes Scott's Arboretum page can be accessed here.


Jill Jonnes, author of Urban Forests is having a talk and book signing in Atlanta this Wednesday, January 25th. 

Click here to find the event on the Jimmy Carter Library website.


Congratulations to Audrey Galex of the AIB Network for receiving the Georgia Urban Forest Council 2016 Outstanding Media Award for developing this documentary, AIB Presents - Tending Our Trees, found at this link:

Published on Jul 18, 2016

A Spanish proverb says: "It will beggar a doctor to live where orchards thrive." Perhaps that is because research shows that surrounding ones self with trees and other flora and fauna is good for one's health. In th

“The Savannah Tree Foundation is privileged and honored to show ‘The Trees’ film in Savannah to commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11,” said Karen Jenkins, executive director of the Savannah Tree Foundation. “Trees are such an important element of all public spaces, and the trees at the 9/11 Memorial Plaza have a wonderful story to tell.” 

From Filmed over the course of five years, The Trees documents the journey of over 400 Swamp White Oaks from their tempora

A day of sustainability! Come to the remarkable community of Serenbe on Sunday September 25th to celebrate the life of Ray C Anderson, a man who spent his life encouraging and expanding sustainability in the workplace. Hot air balloon rides, food trucks, and booths by local businesses working together for a greener Georgia! An awesome day of fun for the whole family! Ray Day was one of my favorite events of 2015, if you’re in the Atlanta area this celebration is worth the trip. Tickets are free

In contrast to the last tree planting story. These trees are scheduled to come down this week.


3311410783?profile=RESIZE_480x480Often in nearly the same breath we say we love trees, especially great old trees, but then shrug our shoulders and say “oh well” when these great trees are cut down. And in Atlanta’s new building boom, it continues to happen over and over again. Though Atlanta defines itself by its great trees, there curre

Atlanta To Invest Nearly $1 Million In Urban Forestry Programs

By David Pendered

Atlanta, GA (September 28, 2015) — Trees Atlanta is slated to plant about 4,000 new trees throughout Atlanta and provide various programs to teach people about the importance of trees, according to legislation pending before the Atlanta City Council.

Trees Atlanta - DSCF0002The tree-planting program is part of Atlanta’s ongoing effort to maintain its tree canopy. The canopy covers 47.9 percent of the entire city, making Atlanta the m

Some interesting news from Compass Live.

Welcome to the weekly updates to CompassLive, the online science magazine of the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS). Please forward this update to others who might be interested and encourage them to sign up for their own updates or RSS feeds at the CompassLive website.


Follow SRS and CompassLive on Twitter: @usfs_srs

Shifting Rainfall Patterns May Change Southern Appalachian Forest Structure

Small summer storms make a big

GUFC presents the 25th Georgia Urban Forest Council Annual Conference and Awards Program  November 4 and 5 at the Hilton Savannah Desoto, 15 East Liberty Street, Savannah, Georgia.  We'll  look at The Forest Pharmacy:  Nature's Prescription for Healthy  Communities  This educational event will spotlight outstanding speakers, educational sessions, a walking tour of Savannah's urban forest and historic squares, and the Annual Excellence in Urban Forestry Awards.  Dr. Kathleen Wolf of the Univers

September 22, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

141 East College Avenue, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA

Courtesy of Agnes Scott College, copyright 2014
Courtesy of Agnes Scott College, copyright 2014

This popular conference is designed for college and university "treekeepers" - those concerned with maintaining a healthy urban forest on campuses.  Physical plant managers, landscape directors, grounds crews, administrators and others will learn from experienced speakers and from each other about topics common to college campuses and their trees.  

There are an estimated 293 million urban trees in Georgia according to a 2009 US Forest Service. Trees provide numerous benefits and greatly add to quality of life in cities and suburbs. However, disease, storm damage and natural mortality result in the removal of many thousands of trees every year. What becomes of this large source of fiber? This workshop will address this issue as well as some of the barriers and opportunities of utilizing wood sourced from urban and suburban areas. Funding fo

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