The Savannah Tree Foundation is a 34 year old not-for-profit urban and community forestry organization dedicated to preserving, protecting and planting canopy trees in Savannah and Chatham County, Georgia.
Who We Are …
And, conversely, who we are not:
- A 501 (c) (3) charitable organization which relies on the generous philanthropy of our members and the gift of time from our volunteers to meet our mission & goals
- Located in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, where the graceful live oak trees line our streets and hanging moss sways in the lowcountry breezes
- Located in a Sterling level Tree City USA
We are not:
- to be confused with similar forestry-related organizations, including
- The City’s Park & Tree Department, which is responsible for planting and maintaining trees in all publicly-owned parks, city rights of way, and other locations in Savannah;
- The Park & Tree Commission, which provides guidance to the city’s Mayor, Alderman and staff in creating and administering sound urban forestry practices
- A foundation which grants funds to nonprofit organizations
The Savannah Tree Foundation was the First in the nation to:
- secure a conservation easement to protect a single tree. The inaugural project of the Savannah Tree Foundation was to save the historic Candler Oak Tree. Guided by dedication and vision, a small group of citizens saved the tree and made history in the process. This would be the first of many cutting edge actions employed to protect one of our city’s most valuable resources, our trees.
- use satellite imaging to document canopy tree changes in an urban area. In 1995, the Foundation was recognized for this significant study and was awarded the prestigious Project Award by The National Arbor Day Foundation.
- produce a State of the Trees Report to guide urban forest policy at the municipal level. Four iterations of the report have been produced since its inception. The Savannah Tree Foundation now issues an Annual Report which includes a report card for municipalities.
- develop an urban forest component in a county-wide disaster management plan, a component which now serves as a model for the USDA Forest Service.
Our Commitment to Excellence
We’re proud to be members and supporters of the following organizations, which help ensure our professional commitments meet standards of excellence across the board: