GUFC Annual Conference set for November 8 & 9 at Callaway Gardens

Don’t miss the 27th Annual GUFC Conference and Awards Program, “Soil Health and Sustainable Urban Tree Planting,” November 8 and 9 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), Dr. Larry Morris, Professor of Forest Soils at the University of Georgia, and Mac Callaham, USDA Research Ecologist and Adjunct Professor at the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia; and Matthew Werle of GreenBlue Urban, Knoxville, TN.  We’ll hear informative talks on Components of Soil Health: Essential Physical, Chemical and Microbial Conditions; Sustainable Urban Tree Planting and the Benefits of Healthy Trees in our Cities; and The Ecology of Earthworms and Selected Fauna: their role in soils and interactions between native species and non-native species.   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. See agenda here. The awards luncheon allows everyone to see the best of the best in urban forestry projects across the state.   All room guests have admission into the Gardens.

Eventbrite - GUFC Annual Conference and Awards Program - Callaway Gardens

Purchase your registration tickets with the orange button above, and remember that lodging is a separate fee.

To reserve your lodging at  $139 per night:  The toll free number for attendees to secure their reservations is 866-528-2855.  Let them know you are attending the GUFC Annual Conference November 8 and 9.  

CEUs:  10 CEUs for ISA-certified arborists. Society of American Foresters:  10 CFE hours.  Certificate of Professional Development available for landscape architects and others.

Scholarships:  There are a limited number of scholarships, covering tuition only, available to tree boards and 501 c 3 nonprofits.  Click here to download an application.

“Invasives in the Urban Forest” class is Nov. 30 in Macon

Back by popular demand! Did you miss our Invasives Species class inthe spring?  On November 30, we’re bringing it to Macon!  Noted researchers from the University of Georgia’s Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health (Tifton, GA) will discuss invasive species in the urban forest, available treatments for invasives plants and insects, alternatives for invasive landscape trees, and more.  Arborist CEUs will be available. 2.5 Cat 1 SAF CFE hours. 2 Commercial Pesticide Credit Hours for categories 23,24, and 27.  Landscape architects and others will receive a certificate for their records.
Date and Time: November 30, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location:  Claystone Park at Lake Tobesofkee, 6600 Mosley Dixon Road, Macon, Georgia  31220 (in covered pavillion).
Registration:  $40 GUFC members, $55 Non-members
Lunch is included.   Register here.
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This class is co-sponsored by the Bibb County Extension Service.

Hurricane, tornadoes devastated South Georgia communities. Let’s help them restore their tree canopy. Learn how by watching this video.

 We need your help.

On October 7 and 8, 2016, Hurricane Matthew pounded Georgia coastal counties. In January, 2017, 41 confirmed tornadoes struck the state of Georgia in one 36-hour period. The south Georgia area was especially devastated. To help restore the many environmental, economic, and social health benefits that trees provide in storm-struck Georgia communities, the Georgia Urban Forest Council, in cooperation with the Georgia Forestry Commission, established the Georgia ReLeaf program to bring urban forests back to life by planting trees in public areas such as parks, schools, main streets, and business districts.  Click here or on the above image to watch our new video explaining our current endeavors in South Georgia and donate what you can to Georgia Urban Forest Council’s Georgia ReLeaf fundraising drive to restore tree canopy in these communities.100% of 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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