The Athens-Clarke County Community Tree Council
The Athens-Clarke County (ACC) Community Tree Council (CTC) was established on October 3, 2000 by ordinance of the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County, GA to be an interface between the local government and the citizenry.
The CTC is comprised of 15 members, 14 of whom are nominated by the Mayor and Commission. The 5th voting member is the ACC Community Forester who serves as the permanent Secretary for the CTC.
Our mission is to promote a sustainable community forest through information and tree policy recommendations, education and outreach, and promotional campaigns that highlight the vital role of trees in the community.
Our goal is to sustain and improve the tree canopy in Athens-Clarke County and the surrounding community forests. To do that we:
- Offer educational programs and forums for people of all ages which highlight the value of trees and encourage tree conservation;
- Collaborate with local government landscape management facilities, the local school district, and state, regional, and local organizations that have similar goals; and
- Provide opportunities for participation in tree planting through multiple planting events, provide donor programs that support planting large trees in public spaces, distribute free tree seedlings, and sell a wide assortment of tree species at our annual Tree Fair.
The fifteen-member Athens-Clarke County Community Tree Council is composed of an Executive Committee, a Steering Committee, three Standing Committees.
Administrative in nature, the Executive Committee convenes only to resolve emergency or extremely time-critical issues.
The Steering Committee is comprised of 2 committee groups:
The Committee is comprised of 3 sub-committees:
More About the Standing Committees
We collaborate with other organizations to bring better programs and activities that promote trees and the forest resource here in Athens, GA.
Collaborative and Educational Programs include:
The Committee is also responsible for providing analyses when advising the county on tree policy and recommendations with regard to the Athens-Clarke County Tree Management Ordinance.
The Athens-Clarke County Tree Management Ordinance was passed into law on June 7, 2005.
By addressing tree densities, species selection and distribution, the Ordinance serves to recognize trees as variables to be considered and properly weighted in the development and land use decision-making process.
We support the Athens-Clarke County Tree Management Ordinance and efforts to protect and maintain the tree canopy in this county.
Activities we promote include:
Tree Council Organization Diagram