Forest Restoration

Out with invasive, in with native.


So what’s the big deal if that creeping ivy grows up the side of that tree? What’s the harm in allowing that Chinese privet to take root alongside native plants? These and other invasive species can have devastating effects on native plant life. Trees Atlanta is committed to helping communities remove these plants, while also promoting the growth of natural species and restoring native forests and greenspace.

Forest Restoration works to improve the health of our urban forests. A healthy native plant diversity is essential for the ecosystem to properly adapt to urban stresses like climate change, habitat fragmentation, and pollution. Volunteers help by removing destructive exotic invasive plants, replanting with native species, and reducing erosion along waterways. The battle against invasive plants is never ending and we need help! Together we can protect Atlanta’s legacy as the City in a Forest.

  • Protecting urban forests by removing exotic invasive plants
  • Planting native trees, shrubs, and vines
  • Fostering stewardship in community parks & forest through Greenspace Guardians
  • Educating citizens on the importance of forest restoration
  • Advocating for responsible landscape and management choices

Help restore Atlanta's forests!

Check out our project calendar to see how you can get help our forests by removing invasive plants and replanting native trees and plants!

Volunteer today!

Learn more about invasive species

What are invasive species?

An invasive species is any species (including its seeds, eggs, spores, or other biological material capable of propagation) that is not native to a given ecosystem, and whose presence causes economic or environmental harm, or a threat to human health.

Learn more by reading about how to identify some of the primary species that threaten Atlanta’s forests.

Why are invasive species a problem?

In a new environment, invasive species are free from natural predators, parasites, or competitors found in their native habitats, and they often develop very high populations. These large populations can out-compete and displace native species or can reduce wildlife, food, and habitat. Some invasive species can reduce forest productivity by reducing tree growth rates, restricting tree seedling establishment, elevating fire hazard, and increasing site preparation costs.

What can we do about invasive species?

Trees Atlanta hopes to restore forests to optimal health by removing invasive species and replanting those that are native to our environment. The Forest Restoration Program includes educational programs, community-based volunteer projects, contractor spraying and removal, and organized replanting events. Trees Atlanta has produced a greenspace manual designed to guide citizens through evaluating, protecting, and improving their community greenspaces.

If you want to get hands-on at home, learn how to remove the Top 10 Invasive Plants That Harm Our Urban Forest using this resource.