Is the CTC a part of Athens-Clarke County?

While our origins are that of a grassroots advocacy group, the Community Tree Council was officially adopted as a board of the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government in 2001. Some of our responsibilities include reviewing Landmark Tree appeals, providing ordinance review for the Mayor and Commission, ensuring the successful implementation of the Community Tree Program, securing grant funding for urban tree management, and promoting commemorative planting projects on public properties. Much like Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful, we continue to promote other programs outside of those managed by Athens-Clarke County in an effort to strengthen our community forest.

Can I join the CTC?

The Council has 15 official members that are registered voters within Athens-Clarke County. These posts have terms that last three years with a portion of them expiring every year. Applications to be appointed to the group can be found at
Other associated agencies are recognized as ex-officio members of the Council. The public is always welcome to attend the meetings.

Do I have to be an expert on trees to get involved?

No. Our membership is made up of people from all walks of life. We appreciate that a broader diversity off membership keeps us balanced as a group and in contact with more people in our community. You can know nothing about trees and as long as you have a passion for tree conservation, we can use your help.


Does the county address CTC donations/fundraising?

The CTC keeps its finances separate from Athens-Clarke County and receives no monetary assistance from the local government. Our group receives no monetary assistance from the local government. Our group operates entirely on donations, fund raising events, and local grants. This allows us to have a broader range of projects that we can sponsor. Our treasurer provides monthly reports on our financial status that are recorded with our minutes.

How do I make a donation to the CTC general fund?

We accept donations on our website via Paypal (include link) and via mail to our office at 2555 Lexington Road, Athens, GA 30605. Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1868, Athens, GA 30603.  Please include your name, address, phone number, and purpose with your donation so we can send your a donation receipt and put your donation to work as you have intended.

How can I donate a tree for a loved one?

The Trees for Tomorrow program allows you to sponsor a commemorative tree in a grove on public properties. Each commemoration costs $175 and it included the installation and care of a large tree and recognition for the donor and recipient. Donations are tax deductible. More information can be found on our Trees for Tomorrow page. 


What is the best time to plant a tree?

The best time to plant is from November through early March while the tree is dormant  (no leaves and active above-ground growth). This allows time for the soil to settle in around the root ball and the roots to grow out into the moist soil before the soil begins to dry in late spring.   Planting later in April and early May can also be successful.  We do not recommend planting in summer.

How do I know when to remove a tree?

This is a tricky question. Deciding when a tree should be removed depends on three factors: the size and condition of the tree, the proximity of the tree to buildings, sidewalks, gathering places or other “targets” that would be damaged should the tree fall and the cultural significance of the tree. Generally, a trained arborist should be consulted regarding the need to remove a tree.

Will someone buy the wood if I have a tree removed from my yard?

Many homeowners ask this question.  Trees in yards, along roads and in community parks and forests have value, but the value of the tree is generally not in the value of the wood.  In most cases, the cost of removing trees from yards in urban areas is greater than the dollar value of the wood.  Recently, some tree management companies have begun to use urban wood for lumber, compost and other uses, but the cost of removing the trees is still greater than the value of the products.