March 2019
“Of all man’s works of art, a cathedral is greatest. A vast and majestic tree is greater than that,” Henry Ward Beecher
Trees in Cemeteries
"A cemetery may not be the first place you think of when it comes to the urban forest. In fact cemeteries pre-date public parks, and like Oakland Cemetery, their trees provide the foundation for the natural beauty and tranquility that make these urban green spaces so inviting. Even more important, they offer countless benefits that extend, in Oakland’s case, beyond their walls to the surrounding community and neighborhoods..."
Georgia Tech honors the life and death of a 100-year-old tree
In September of 2018 Georgia Institute of Technology lost one of its oldest trees on campus, Big Al. This 106 ft. tall tree used its enormous canopy to provide students with shade and protection for over a century. Despite the efforts to save this willow oak, its failing health could not be reversed. However, students were determined to honor the legacy of this tree. An art exhibit was created to show the impact of Big Al and other trees in the greater Atlanta community.The display exhibited old photos of students enjoying picnics or reading under this giant willow oak. Students collected wood from the tree to make stools, benches, coasters, bookmarks and other wood resources. Although the exhibit is now closed, the memory of this Champion Oak will carry on forever.
Click here to see the 13 new oaks planted in honor of Big Al.
Memorial Trees
Trees can commemorate people, families or even memories. Many trees throughout our nation have left enduring legacies for future generations. Last year's Great American Tree winner left its mark on the hearts of residents of Coffee County, Georgia. Do you know a tree that has created a lasting legacy in your community? Stay tuned for an important Great American Tree announcement coming soon!
How green is St. Patrick's Day?
States with famous waterways have been known to dye their rivers green in the name of Saint Patrick. But we can't help but question... is this 60 year old tradition an 'un-green' act?

Policy makers and city officials choose dyes that meet EPA standards for safety under the Clean Water Act. The compound that turns the river green has been referred to as “eco-friendly vegetable dye” with no eco-toxicity effects. Although the thought of a green river is scary, it has been noted that the waterways remain safe for aquatic critters and are certified for use in drinking water by the National Sanitation Foundation.
Resurrection Ferns causing Damage?
Resurrection ferns can be found along the branches and trunks of mature oaks. This “air plant” is not unlike Spanish moss, using the tree as a location to grow and obtain nutrients. These ferns have long winding roots working to stabilize themselves on top of the bark. Don't worry, these ferns do not harm their hosts. Instead the ferns absorb excess moisture and nutrients from the surface of the tree.

Resurrection ferns are incredibly drought tolerant. They can lose up to 97% of their water content without showing any fatal affects (while most plants can not survive after losing 10%).