Georgia ReLeaf

On October 7 and 8, 2016, Hurricane Matthew pounded Georgia coastal counties with wind gusts felt 50 miles inland, and Savannah and Tybee Island experiencing 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. View this video entitled “ReGrowth” from independent filmmaker Patrick Rippman on the effects of the storm on the Savannah-area community and its trees.

 

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 continue to 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!

Please share that you’ve donated, and encourage others!

INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS:

Please note that the application for funding will be available this summer.  FOR 2017 ONLY:  unless a corporate or individual contributor specifies that their donation is for the veterans projects category, all funds raised this year will go toward south Georgia canopy loss.

 

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.

For a list of previous Georgia ReLeaf grantees, click here.

Become a Sponsor!

Would your company like to become a sponsor of the Georgia ReLeaf program and help Georgia communities replant trees lost to storms or plant trees for veterans?

Call 470-210-5900 for more information on becoming a sponsor.  Georgia ReLeaf sponsors are recognized on the GUFC website and in electronic and printed information.

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

 

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