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Trees Atlanta Launches One Million Trees Initiative for Metro Atlanta: 10 Cities, 10 Nonprofits, 10 Years

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Trees Atlanta Co-Executive Directors, Greg Levine and Connie Veates, launched the “One Million Trees Initiative” at the 2020 Canopy Conference on Thursday, February 20. The One Million Trees Initiative is an innovative collaboration of 10 metro Atlanta cities and 10 Atlanta-based nonprofits. The collaboration will welcome additional public, community, and private partners. This initiative advances our shared sense of urgency that we can and must lead metro Atlanta’s fight against climate change and environmental stresses from urban growth.

Trees Atlanta will lead the One Million Trees Initiative, the first of its kind in the United States to connect diverse communities and approaches that protect and improve the urban forest in our region. The one million trees will include trees planted in city land and public projects, preserved in forested areas, and installed by individuals on private property, including residential yards and businesses. The One Million Trees Initiative will be completed within ten years.

The initial nonprofit partners committed to the One Million Trees Initiative are Atlanta Audubon Society, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Georgia Conservancy, Park Pride, The Conservation Fund, The Nature Conservancy, The Trust for Public Land, WABE, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, and Trees Atlanta.

For questions, please contact Judy Yi, Director of Outreach & Marketing, at judy@treesatlanta.org or 404-609-3373.