The Savannah Tree Foundation maintains an active involvement in grassroots advocacy & public policy work on behalf of the citizens of Savannah-Chatham County. Our staff & members provide community advice, technical assistance and best management practices through our service on a number of boards and authorities which work with infrastructure planning, development and the conservation of natural resources, including:
- Metropolitan Planning Commission’s Technical Advisory Committee to the Natural Resources Protection Commission
- Chatham Environmental Forum
- MPO CUTS
- Park & Tree Commission
- Downtown Neighborhood Association
- Healthy Savannah Steering Committee
- Keep Savannah Beautiful
- Savannah Development & Renewal Authority
We also attend public meetings and monitor plans for the future which effect canopy trees, including: Metropolitan Planning Commission meetings; local city council meetings; county commission meetings; charettes, chataquas and other meetings requesting public input about design, planning or other improvement projects.
Our main areas of interest revolve around roadways & transportation amenities, Complete Streets, placemaking, and protecting our natural resources—our trees. We recognize that through advocacy efforts we can have a long lasting impact on the tree canopy cover of our community.
Our efforts have resulted in many positive outcomes, including:
- 2035 Transportation Amenities Plan
- Chatham County’s resolution to become the “Greenest County in Georgia”
- The City of Savannah Park & Tree Department, one of the most recognized in the nation, and a Sterling Level Tree City USA
- Preservation of tree canopy along Johnny Mercer Boulevard on Wilmington Island