Staff & Consultants

Karen Jenkins, Executive Director

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Karen Jenkins serves as the Executive Director of the Savannah Tree Foundation where she works to preserve, protect and plant canopy trees across Chatham County. Karen has loved trees ever since growing up in Vermont. After earning her undergraduate degree at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, she volunteered with the Peace Corps in Madagascar. She then earned her MS in Forestry at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she met her husband Felton. Karen previously worked in real estate development and sales in our community.

Karen is a board member of Keep Savannah Beautiful, the Savannah Bicycle Campaign and in 2015 was selected to serve on the advisory committee to the Arbor Day Foundation’s program theĀ Alliance for Community Trees.

Favorite tree: “The one I am looking at; or a sugar maple in Vermont.”

Consulting Arborists

Savannah Tree Foundation works with several ISA certified consulting arborists across Chatham County.

Certified arborists are experienced professionals who have passed an extensive examination covering all aspects of tree care. These individuals are tested and certified by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA Certified).

They can assess the health and condition of your trees; determine the type of pruning necessary to improve the health, appearance and safety of trees. They may also diagnose disease and infestation problems while providing solutions and treatments. If necessary, arborists may remove trees safely and replace them with trees that are appropriate for specific locations. Arborists are also called upon for emergency tree care such as after a storm.

Please note that not all certified arborists are experienced in all areas of practice and may specialize in certain aspects of arboriculture.

Download the list of Savannah-Chatham area arborists here

Arborist Checklist

  • Ask for proof of insurance. A reputable arborist carries personal and property damage insurance as well as workers compensation insurance.
  • Check for necessary permits and licenses.
  • Ask for references.
  • Get more than one estimate and do not always accept the low bid.
  • Be wary of individuals who go door to door and offer bargains for performing tree work, as well as those offering business cards with only a cell phone and no physical address for the business. Legitimate businesses want to be found and should provide you with their office location.
  • Keep in mind good arborists will perform only accepted practices. For example, topping a tree or using climbing spikes on trees that are not to be removed, without just cause are unnecessary and unacceptable.
  • Get the agreement for work to be performed up front and do not hesitate to place all items discussed in the contract including clean up and any accidental damage to additional trees, landscape, driveways and sidewalks.
  • Make no payments until the entire job is satisfactorily completed.