Trees Atlanta Celebrates 100,000 Trees!

2014 is a milestone year for Trees Atlanta. In March 2014, Trees Atlanta celebrated the contribution of 100,000 trees to Atlanta’s urban forest since 1985!

On Thursday, March 27, 2014, Trees Atlanta hosted a party to celebrate the milestone of 100,000 trees.  The Root Ball, presented by the Southeast Permanente Group was held in Piedmont Park in the Greystone building. Highlights of the event featured included the ceremonial planting of the 100,000th tree, and an award recognition of Trees Atlanta’s valued partners in the categories of individual, corporate, community partner, and volunteer. More information and tickets are available here.

Atlanta has always been nationally recognized as a city in the trees, encased as we are in such a beautiful natural urban forest. Though our urban forest began to suffer a bit in the 1970s due to drought, increasing development, and other environmental factors, over the last few decades our city continues to make our natural environment a priority.

After all, our parks, trails, greenspaces, and rivers are a big part of how we enjoy life in Atlanta.

For nearly three decades, Trees Atlanta has been a community partner committed to planting trees in our neighborhoods. The 100,000 trees that we have collectively planted keep us cool in hot temperatures, improve our air quality, provide fresh oxygen, and make our communities beautiful.

Our programs include:

  • NeighborWoods, which plants trees in more than 100 neigborhoods in Atlanta since 1985
  • Forest Restoration, which clears our greenspaces of invasive plants and allows us to plant more trees
  • Youth Education, which educates school-age kids on environmental science and has fun out in nature
  • Adult Education, which certifies adults as urban forest stewards, brings engaging speaker series to the Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center, trains adults as docents for the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum, gives volunteers skills at pruning, and more

Trees Atlanta is supported by thousands of volunteers, local businesses, corporate partners, and committed citizens, and this moment belongs to all of us. We have much to be proud of.

Tree planting in Westview neighborhood
In reaching the 100,000 tree milestone, the Trees Atlanta community has:

  • Planted in more than 100 neighborhoods across Atlanta, improving the beauty and health of the forest, parks, and corridors of our city
  • Helped restore native botanical diversity to the city’s urban forest by planting many species of oak, maple, pines, elm, magnolia, and more
  • Enriched habitat for wildlife, birds, butterflies, and bees
  • Enhanced the Atlanta BeltLine through the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum
  • Educated thousands of men, women, and children, creating more tree advocates and stewards
  • And much, much more

Many of you have shared with us your first-hand experiences of how trees improve your communities, your health, and your quality of life. You’ve told us that many of the trees we planted in the 1980s now provide a green canopy for enjoying your outdoor community. Imagine, as these 100,000 trees continue to grow, what a legacy this will leave for generations to come.

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