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 Arborists Gretchen Musser and Rob Swanson on March 22 and 23, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (both days), at the Georgia Forestry Commission auditorium, 5645 Riggins Mill Road, Dry Branch, Ga 31020  (near Macon). Gretchen and Rob 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 March 22 and 23 in Macon



Trees Atlanta, the Georgia Forestry Commission, and the Georgia Urban Forest Council presented the second annual Mayors’ Symposium on Trees and statewide Arbor Day Celebration February 14th at the Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center. The 2017 event focused on model sustainable corporate and college campuses, including Chick-fil-A, Georgia Tech’s EcoCommons, and the Living Buildings Challenge. Innovations implemented on campuses are demonstrating urban forests as an integral part of campus and city design. We heard from mayors from Brookhaven, Chamblee, and Dunwoody, as well as the city manager of Doraville, who are collaborating across city boundaries for better community outcomes. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, Atlanta’s new Chief Resilience Officer, addressed the importance of city forests in our sustainability efforts. Robert Farris, director of the Georgia Forestry Commission helped recognize new and renewing Tree City USA communities, Tree Line USA utility companies, and Tree Campus USA colleges.