Savannah Tree Foundation announced the winners of the annual awards named for Foundation founders Page Hungerpiller, Lynda Beam and Suzie Williams. The Awards were presented at the Savannah Tree Foundation 2014 gala on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 7pm at Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum.
The Town of Thunderbolt is recipient of the 2014 Hungerpiller for protecting, maintaining and growing its urban forest.
Armstrong State University receives the 2014 Beam for fostering awareness of trees’ positive impact through a campus-wide arboretum open to the public free of charge.
Homeowner Gordon Mathews is recipient of the 2014 Williamsfor demonstrating a successful balance between property rights and environmental considerations.
Follow these tips for caring for your trees this season. Safety is everyone’s responsibility during storm season and Savannah Tree Foundation suggests you follow these tips and hire a certified arborist to help care for your trees.
For Earth Day 2014, Savannah Tree Foundation was permitted exclusive right by the City of Savannah Park and Tree Department to attach signage to trees in Forsyth Park for the celebration. STF hung over-sized “price tags” to each tree lining the main sidewalk stretching from Park Avenue to the Confederate Monument (39 in total). The 39 tags featured 9 different evaluations (based upon girth & species) and assigned an actual, accurate dollar figure to each tree’s value to natural and human habitat. The resultant effect was dramatic, almost like an alleé crossed with a supermarket aisle.
Monetizing canopy trees is a new approach for STF and this particular project required measuring each tree’s diameter and running data through iTree (the US Forest Service software tool for evaluating & assessing canopy).
Many thanks to DIRTT.net, Clark Creative, John Davis Florist and the City of Savannah Park and Tree Department for their assistance with this project.
This holiday season, share your tree story with STF. What is your “tree story”? Are you inspired by a certain tree you walk by frequently? Did you climb one as a kid? Have a favorite shady one to sit under in the summertime?
Please share your tree story with Savannah Tree Foundation.
U.S. Forest Service researchers, led by David J. Nowak, quantified carbon storage and sequestration by urban trees in the U.S. to assess the magnitude and role of urban forests in relation to climate change. Their results: U.S. urban forests sequester estimated 25.6 million tonnes of carbon every year, at a value of $2 billion. In addition, they store an estimate 643 million tonnes, at a value of $50+ billion. Read the whole article here.
Volunteers are needed this Friday afternoon at 4pm to help weed the Candler Oak easement. Meet new law students from the Savannah Law School and Savannah Tree Foundation members. Volunteers will learn about this unique tree which has its own conservation easement. Please bring gloves. Tools and refreshments provided.