TM16 - Living up to Expectations: Our City in the Forest

Monday, November 18 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM | Level 4 Lobby « Back

Abstract Text:

Often called the “City in the Forest”, Atlanta has the highest percentage of overall urban tree canopy in the nation at nearly 48 percent. Protecting Atlanta’s trees is an important part of the strategy to address issues common to cities, such as improving air quality, reducing heat islands, storm water mitigation, and more. Trees Atlanta is a non-profit organization founded in 1985 dedicated to protecting Atlanta’s urban forest through planting, conservation, and education. Learn about the trends revealed in the city’s 2014 and 2018 Urban Tree Canopy studies and the challenges ahead. Attendees will visit Trees Atlanta’s LEED Platinum headquarters, as well as, their “TreeHouse” location, an environmental education center, where the tour will continue to the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail. Trees Atlanta is a key partner creating Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum, which has been awarded a Level II Accreditation by the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation program. Creating this new arboretum demonstrates public, private, and citizen input, and required massive cleanup, soil remediation, design, and planting of thousands of trees, shrubs, and native plants. Upon completion, the arboretum will parallel the 22-mile loop around the city and may be the world’s longest linear arboretum.

Learning Objectives:

Discuss the Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center primary goals and how those have shifted over the years

Summarize Trees Atlanta’s mission within the community

Examine why trees are an important part of an urban environment and the benefits of a robust tree canopy

Evaluate the criteria of the ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program


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Event Type: Tour > Session