I have seedlings growing in my yard and want to find them a home. Will you accept them?
We cannot accept seedlings that do not come from the nurseries we purchase directly from. We suggest either composting them (so they will provide nutrients for your soil!) or offering them to neighbors.
Donations and Charitable Gifts
Where do you get your funding from?
Our funding comes from a variety of sources including individual and corporate donations, grants, municipal contracts, and fundraisers, including our annual Native Plant Sale and Tree Sale.
How do I donate to Trees Atlanta?
Thank you for wanting to support our urban forest! You can submit a donation on this page here. All donations are 100% tax-deductible.
I want to get a tree planted in honor of someone. Do you offer this service?
Yes. We offer a variety of packages to plant a tree in someone’s honor. Learn more about Tribute Trees here.
Tree Planting and Care
Where do you plant/work and how do you decide?
We determine planting sites based on a few methods. First, by requests from homeowners/community members, second by reviewing the GA Tech canopy study and focusing on the red areas, and lastly by scouting areas of the city we have not planted in recently or at all. We connect with the community members/groups for their support and approval. Then we seek approval from the contract holders, i.e. the cities.
We prioritize community requests; the bulk of our plantings are initiated by these.
Where do you get your trees from?
We source our trees from local nurseries (mainly in Georgia, but also Florida and Tennessee) that sell wholesale to us. We try to purchase our trees from local (statewide) nurseries as much as possible!
How do you select which trees to plant?
Many factors affect the types of trees we plant: available growth space, condition of the site (such as the volume of traffic, structures around, and soil conditions), intended use of site (providing shade, flowering beauty, edible fruit, etc.), what is available at our nurseries, and statistics on what has survived or died in the past. With each planting, we select the right tree for the right place.
Wherever possible, we plant native canopy trees which are limited by conditions of our urban environment. Ultimately, it’s a balancing act of three main things: 1) what will survive best/can handle the conditions (hopefully native, but if not, something non-native); 2) what will take the best advantage of the space (i.e. consideration for shade value, edible fruit); and 3) what the community members want – this is community forestry after all!
Do you plant year-round?
Trees are planted during cooler months from October to early April. This is done to ensure the trees have a higher chance of surviving and adapting to their new environment, as heat and drought conditions can be stressful for newly planted trees.
What types of volunteer opportunities do you offer?
We offer several types of volunteer opportunities to suit various levels of interest and skills. Learn more about our volunteer opportunities here.
How do I sign up to volunteer?
Start by completing the new volunteer form here. Once your application is submitted, you’ll be able to register for individual volunteer opportunities through our web calendar.
Where do I find out about upcoming events with Trees Atlanta?
I would like to speak at an event or discuss event partnership opportunities. Who do I contact?
We appreciate your interest! Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.