Stewardship & Sustainability

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
  • 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