July 13, 2007

Georgia Arborist Association rockets ahead with $10K Grant

For the second year, a $10,000 Urban Forestry Grant has been awarded to the GAA by the Georgia Forestry Commission's Urban & Community Forestry Grant Program.

This grant will enable the GAA to retain it's current Executive Director, Donna Rayfield. Our Executive Director was originally hired on October 12, 2006 and serves on a part-time basis. She manages the day to day operations of the GAA including maintaining the GAA website, making arrangements for GAA meetings and workshops, and membership recruitment.

July 5, 2007

GUFC to present "Trees & Utilities" program Aug. 9

Join the Georgia Urban Forest Council on August 9th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center, located at 2020 Clean Water Drive, Buford, Georgia, for their 3rd quarter meeting and training session. DeKalb County Arborist India Shahid will facilitate a panel discussion featuring Jimmy Etheridge of the Georgia Transmission Corporation, Scott Souder and Susan Avent of the Georgia Power Company, and Hugh Tyer, a utility arborist consultant.

Also featured on the program will be a brief talk on the green design elements of the center by Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center's Sheila Fowler, and an outdoor tour by a representative from the Jaeger Company of their award-winning landscape design. There will also be time for a self-guided tour of the exhibits. And, for those interested, there will be a ramble on the shady trails immediately following the program.

The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center is a unique building designed by Lord, Aeck & Sargent using the latest in green design. The design for the 233-acre campus was provided by the Jaeger Company, who won an Award of Excellence from the Georgia Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for their work. This project also earned LEED certification and features land conservation, preservation of a natural setting, pervious paving, bio-retention areas, rain gardens, constructed wetlands, native plant materials and more.

Lunch will be provided. To register, download a PDF form, or call 800-994-4832.