Atlanta, GA (November 1, 1993)- Trees Atlanta is a non-profit citizens’ group dedicated to protecting and improving our urban environment by planting and conserving trees. They also educate the public about the value of trees, and are involved in tree issues in the entire metropolitan Atlanta area. Trees Atlanta was founded in 1989 by Central Atlanta Progress (the downtown business leaders association), the Atlanta Commissioner of Parks, and the Junior League to address downtown’s lack of green space.
The model urban forest makes space for tree and forests by developing three policy models that encourage preserving and planting more tree canopy. They are:
* Public Education
Trees Atlanta strives to change attitudes towards trees and foster a wider acceptance of a larger tree canopy. They host tree walks, tree mail, and tree plantings to spread the word on the importance of trees and their urban forests.
* Ownership Model
Trees Atlanta works hard with many groups to purchase land to preserve the trees. One such success was the recent purchase of 30 acre track of land near Cheshire Bridge Road near Piedmont. The Wildwood Urban Forests is a perfect demonstration of what dedicated citizens can accomplish. Trees Atlanta supported Green DeKalb, 125 million dollar bond referendum to purchase land. It is estimated that over 1000 acres of land will be purchased with this money.
* Regulation Model
In the last five years DeKalb, Gwinnett, Cobb, and Fulton have implemented new tree protection ordinances. The city of Atlanta is currently working on a new tree protection. Trees Atlanta has been instrumental in saving existing trees and encouraging counties to hire professional urban foresters and arborists.
For more information, visit Trees Atlanta.