Georgia ReLeaf

To help restore the many environmental, economic, and social health benefits that trees provided in storm-struck Georgia communities, the Georgia Urban Forest Council

(GUFC), in cooperation with the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC), 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.

In addition to tree planting for canopy restoration, the Georgia ReLeaf program also makes funding available for tree planting projects benefitting or involving military veterans who have served our country.

Recent Georgia ReLeaf grantees (2018):

City of Fort Oglethorpe’s Honor Park:  Funding will help complete the tree planting at Honor Park, which was designed and created to honor military veterans and provide a memorial to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Camden County:  The Camden County ReLeaf’s “Providing Relief to our Parks” program is replacing a portion of the tree canopy that was lost in and around five local parks, as a result of Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Irma.

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Thank you to contributors and supporters of our Georgia ReLeaf efforts to help south Georgia communities replace tree canopy lost to severe storms in 2016-17.

Projects funded:

Town of Thunderbolt, GAProject: Thunderbolt, Georgia Tree Restoration Project                                                                                                        This project is identifying and replacing trees that have been damaged by storms in the past several years and restoring the town’s tree canopy..

The City of Statesboro, GAProject: City of Statesboro ReLeaf project                                                                      This project is replacing trees lost during Hurricane Matthew in Edgewood Acres Park, Willie McTell Walking Trail, and Eastside Cemetery.

Thomasville LandmarksProject:  ReLeaf Thomasville                                                                                              This project will replace trees lost to storms in Thomasville, GA, a city legendary for its live oak trees.

The Jekyll Island AuthorityProject:  Captain Wylly Scenic Corridor Enhancement Project                                    The purpose of this project is to restore the tree canopy that was damaged during Hurricane Matthew on Jekyll Island, GA.

For a complete list of all Georgia ReLeaf grantees to date, click here.

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THANK YOU!

Thank you to the Georgia Pacific Foundation, the Georgia Power Company, Weyerhaeuser, Effortless Outdoor Media, Goosebumps Productions/Sony Pictures Entertainment, the Lawrenceville Woman’s Club and numerous individual donors for contributions to Georgia ReLeaf over the years.

 YOU CAN HELP, TOO, BY SUPPORTING GEORGIA RELEAF!

Please watch this video to learn about the Georgia ReLeaf efforts in South Georgia in 2017. During 2016-17 storms, wind gusts were felt 50 miles inland, and Savannah and Tybee Island experienced 71-96 miles per hour winds.  The Georgia Forestry Commission surveyed the damage and storm-generated tree debris left, finding the highest amount of damage in Chatham County. But other communities experienced damage as well, urban areas with the greatest canopy suffered the most tree loss.  In Statesboro, for example, over a thousand trees were affected.

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The history of the Georgia ReLeaf program:

In April, 2011, tornadoes struck many southern U.S. states, taking lives and destroying homes, businesses, and city infrastructure – including thriving community trees. To help restore the many environmental, economic, and social health benefits that trees provided in these storm-struck Georgia communities, the Georgia Urban Forest Council (GUFC), in cooperation with the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC), 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.

In addition to tree planting for canopy restoration, the Georgia ReLeaf program also makes funding available for tree planting projects benefitting or involving our military veterans who have served our country.  Examples of projects in this category can include tree planting at facilities such as veterans hospitals, memorial parks, and rehabilitation centers or other tree planting projects that involve veterans in the project implementation.

 

 

 

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