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Trees for Tomorrow Program

Purpose:

Our Trees for Tomorrow (TfT) program provides a great avenue to help green our city while honoring a loved one or acknowledging a special occasion. This is a unique donor-driven opportunity to do something good and give a gift at the same time. With a donation of $175 (from individuals, corporations or institutions), a tree will be planted in Athens-Clarke County to create a living legacy. The name of the honoree will be engraved on a plaque located at one of several tree groves. Donors and honorees will be listed in the “Tree Legacy Book” archived in the Heritage Room of the Athens Regional Library.

Trees for Tomorrow has installed over 150 trees showcasing a variety of species. The trees have been successfully planted in groves throughout Clarke County. Natives are featured in these plantings and include oak (Quercus), maple (Acer), ironwood (Carpinus), yellowwood (Cladrastis), pecan (Carya), redbud (Cercis) and dogwood (Cornus). Each current grove site has been mapped, evaluated and prioritized regarding its contribution to and compatibility with existing land use, growing site potential to support trees, and the availability of native species to populate the site. Contributions in any amount are always welcome as we seek to maintain and grow this important community-oriented program. Please Contact Us to inquire about Trees for Tomorrow sponsorships, such as commemorative trees for loved ones at $175 per tree.

View our Gallery of past plantings
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Policy:

In keeping with the Athens-Clarke County Donations Acceptance Policy, once trees are planted on county property, they become the property of the county. While every effort will be made to manage the commemorative grove in the spirit it was created, it does not preclude future changes as county priorities may dictate. Individually donated funds paid to ACC through the CTC will be used to purchase, plant, mulch and maintain trees in designated planting sites.

Utilize available planting sites for optimal (site/species) restocking, a positive move toward the CTC’s main mission of community forest sustainability and canopy maintenance. Provide a logical and planned strategy to reach the suggested overall canopy cover goal for county parks by raising  general awareness of the importance of trees in the community landscape.

Visit the Trees for Tomorrow Photo Gallery

History:

The Trees for Tomorrow (TfT) Commemorative Tree Program initiated by the Community Tree Council (CTC) is supported by the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County (ACC), and is specifically designed for tree plantings recognizing a person, place, time or event. TfT is donor-supported consistent with the terms of the ACC Donor Acceptance Policy and tree canopy enhancement objectives stated in the ACC Tree Management Ordinance. The program has been in place for over ten years with the intent of raising funds to underwrite future plantings.

Originally, an airport landscape design and plan were presented and approved by the Athens Airport Authority in early February, 2007. Tree selection and purchasing was done next, with first delivery arriving on March 21, 2007. By early April all trees were delivered and planted in two grove sites at the airport, the entrance and pecan orchard and loop road.

Previously Planted Groves:

Athens Ben Epps Airport on two sites.

  • Plantings at the airport were made as part of a funded demonstration project under the Urban and Community Forest Grant Assistance Program administered by the Georgia Forestry Commission, and augmented by a generous gift offered through Woodland Growers of Winterville, Georgia.
  • An airport landscape design and plan were presented and approved by the Athens Airport Authority in early February, 2007, and a Notice of Proposed Action was submitted to the ACC Manager in late February and passed through to Mayor and Commission where it was approved in March.
  • Tree selection and purchasing was done next, with first delivery arriving on March 21, 2007. By early April all trees were delivered and planted in two grove sites at the airport, the entrance and pecan orchard and loop road.

Prince Avenue

  • Plantings of dogwoods on Prince Ave were made on Feb 23, 2008 with funding from many donors and spearheaded by the Boulevard Neighborhood Association
  • Continuing in a tradition of renewing the plantings of Dogwoods along Prince Ave. between Pulaski and Milledge, over thirty volunteers joined in on this historic planting activity.

Chase Street Elementary School

  • After recent major renovations and additions, Chase St Elementary School needed to be replanted.
  • School administration, PTO, neighbors and the Community Tree Council worked together on the planning and implementation that took place on Jan 19, 2009.

Holland Youth Sport Complex

  • A memorial grove near the Little League fields at Holland was planted in Winter 2009.

Coile Middle School

Sandy Creek Park

2000 Millenium Grove

1996 Olympic Grove