GUFC Third Quarter Program: Trees as Green Stormwater Infrastructure

For the third year in a row, we will spend time talking together about trees as green stormwater infrastructure at our summer program.  This year’s program will be held August 10, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Norcross Community Center, 10 College Street.  Karen Firehock, Executive Director of the Green Infrastructure Center in Charlottesville, Virginia, will lead us in talks about the valuable role of trees in stormwater management. The Green Infrastructure Center, Inc. (GIC) was formed in 2006 to help local governments, communities, and regional planning organizations, land trusts and developers evaluate their green infrastructure assets and make plans to conserve them. We’ll also hear from our friends at GreenBlue Urban, an international company that helps cities with integrating stormwater management into urban tree planting design. Christine McKay, Water Protection Division, US EPA Region 4, will facilitate a panel discussion of community leaders, arborists, landscape architects, and planners on challenges and successes in their communities regarding trees and stormwater management.  Lunch included.  CEUs will be available.

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College Canopy Conference is September 12 at Clayton State University

At this year’s College Canopy Conference on September 12 at Clayton State University in Morrow, we’ll hear talks on the latest research regarding changing urban landscapes and concerns such as the West Nile and Zyka viruses; campus sustainability, best practices for treecare and campus communication; tree risk assessment and keeping people safe; establishing a butterfly garden, pollinator garden, or arboretum; and specific challenges for treecare on college campuses.  We’ll enjoy an interesting trail walk and talk through this lovely campus, including their QR-coded tree plantings,Spivey Hall, the Butterfly Garden,the Pollinator Garden, and Lakeview Discovery and Science Center, which is Georgia Peach Belt Green Building Certfied. Lunch included.  CEUs available.
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GUFC Annual Conference set for November 8 & 9 at Callaway Gardens

Don’t miss the 27th Annual GUFC Conference and Awards Program, this year at the Callaway Gardens Lodge Conference Center.  Keynote speakers include author Jill Jonnes (Urban Forests:  A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape) and Mac Callaham, USDA Research Ecologist and Adjunct Professor at the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia.  Breakout sessions will cover issues such as Beneficial Insects in the City, Urban Soils, City Tree Selection, Tree Ordinances, and much more.  Tours will include the Cecil B. Day Butterfly Center and hands-on experience evaluating trees.  The awards luncheon allows everyone to see the best of the best in urban forestry projects across the state.  Special lodging rate for conference attendees.  Don’t miss it!

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Hurricane, tornadoes devastated South Georgia communities. Let’s help them restore their tree canopy.

On October 7 and 8, 2016, Hurricane Matthew pounded Georgia coastal counties with wind gusts felt 50 miles inland, and Savannah and Tybee Island experienced 71-96 miles per hour winds.  The Georgia Forestry Commission surveyed the damage andGeorgiaReLeafLogo the storm-generated tree debris left, finding the highest amount of damage in Chatham County. But other communities experienced tree loss as well, and urban areas with the greatest canopy suffered the most damage.  In Statesboro, for example, over a thousand trees were affected.  View this video entitled “ReGrowth” from independent filmmaker Patrick Rippman on the effects of the storm on the Savannah-area community and its trees.  Then watch our Georgia ReLeaf video here on our efforts to help these communities replant their canopy.
In January, 2017, 41 confirmed tornadoes struck the state of Georgia in one 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!

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