Tornadoes devastated South Georgia communities. Let’s help them restore their tree canopy.

In January, 2017, 41 confirmed tornadoes struck the state of Georgia in oGeorgiaReLeafLogone 36-hour period. The south Georgia area was especially devastated. The Dougherty-Worth-Turner-Wilcox tornado, for example, was a mile wide and travelled 70 miles. But other communities were affected as well, from Albany and beyond. Over 5000 acres of urban trees were affected.
Cleanup will take months, but once completed, these urban landscapes will need help in recovering and restoring their canopy loss.
As someone who knows the benefits of urban trees and the tremendous loss that is experienced when trees are damaged and lost, you can help. Please donate what you can to Georgia Urban Forest Council’s Georgia ReLeaf fundraising drive to restore tree canopy in South Georgia. All funds raised will go directly to providing trees to these towns and cities, and donations are fully tax-deductible. Thank you!

Arborist Certification Review Class March 22-23 in Macon

Seeking arborist certification? Need a refresher course?

The Georgia Urban Forest Council will present a two-day Arborist Certification Review Course taught by Certified Arborists Gretchen Musser and Rob Swanson on March 22 and 23, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (both days), at the Georgia Forestry Commission auditorium, 5645 Riggins Mill Road, Dry Branch, Ga 31020  (near Macon). Gretchen and Rob will help attendees prepare for the exam with lectures and hands-on demonstrations covering Tree Biology, Tree Identification, Soil Science, Water Management, Tree Nutrition and Fertilization, Tree Selection, Installation and Establishment, Pruning, Tree Support and Lightning Protection, Diagnosis and Plant Disorders, Plant Health Care, Tree Assessment and Risk Management, Trees and Construction, Urban Forestry, Tree Worker Safety, and Climbing & Working in Trees. REGISTRATION FEE: $100 GUFC members; $115 non-members (Lunch and refreshments provided on both days.) STUDY GUIDE: Attendees should read through the ISA Arborist Certification Study Guide (not included) to prepare for the review and the exam. The Arborist Certification Study Guide is available at and An ISA Certified Arborist exam will be scheduled approximately one month after the review course for those wanting to take it. Attendees will be responsible for completing their own application for the exam. SCHOLARSHIPS:The Georgia Forestry Commission is offering scholarships to cover the cost of registration for tree board members and tree care workers employed by a city, county, school or university who are not ISA Certified Arborists. Download scholarship form here. Scholarship application must be approved by the Georgia Forestry Commission before registering for the class. CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS: ISA CEU hours will be available for certified arborists taking the class as a refresher course. Questions? Call Mary Lynne Beckley at 470-210-5900 or e-mail her at

Eventbrite - Arborist Certification Review Class March 22 and 23 in Macon

2017 Mayors’ Symposium & Statewide Arbor Day Celebration

The 2017 Mayors’ Symposium & Statewide Arbor Day Celebration
Trees Atlanta, the Georgia Forestry Commission, and the Georgia Urban Forest Council presented the second annual Mayors’ Symposium on Trees and statewide Arbor Day Celebration  February 14th at the Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center. The 2017 event focused on model sustainable corporate and college campuses, including Chick-fil-A, Georgia Tech’s EcoCommons, and the Living Buildings Challenge. Innovations implemented on campuses are demonstrating urban forests as an integral part of campus and city design. We heared from mayors from Brookhaven, Chamblee, and Dunwoody, as well as the city manager of Doraville, who are collaborating across city boundaries for better community outcomes. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, Atlanta’s new Chief Resilience Officer, addressed the importance of city forests in our sustainability efforts. Robert Farris, director of the Georgia Forestry Commission helped recognized new and renewing Tree City USA communities, Tree Line USA utility companies, and Tree Campus USA colleges.   Approximately 100 people were in attendance.


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