Workshops and Quarterly Programs

Seeking arborist certification? Need a refresher course?

The Georgia Urban Forest Council will present a two-day Arborist Certification Review Course taught by Certified Arborist Jerry Holcomb on May 16 and 17, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (both days), at the John W. Stevens Wetlands Education Center at J.F. Gregory Park, 521 Cedar Street, Richmond Hill, GA  31324.

Jerry 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 May 16-17 in Richmond Hill

*A certified arborist exam is scheduled for the same location on June 14, for those wishing to take the exam.  You do not have to take the exam at this time to attend the class.  Learn about applying for eligibility to take the exam here:


For the third year in a row, we will spend time talking together about trees as green stormwater infrastructure.  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.

Eventbrite - GUFC Third Quarter Program: Trees as Green Stormwater Infrastructure





GUFC Ramble to Honey Creek Woodlands

Thank you to Honey Creek Woodlands, natural burial ground owned and operated by the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia, for our recent walking tour.  Honey Creek Woodlands is protecting a natural area that is part of an 8000 acre conservation effort known as the Arabia Mountain Heritage Area along the South River. The conservation easement for HCW is held by the Georgia Piedmont Land Trust.   Some photos from the morning tour are posted below.  Photos by Dale Higdon and Hank Ohme.