The five-year plan is a guidance document for the Urban & Community Forestry program of the GFC and the GTC. The plan is developed by a diverse group of industry leaders in Georgia. The US Forest Service helps support the development of this plan.
The purpose of the Five-Year Plan for Georgia’s Urban and Community Forests is to:
- provide strategic direction for urban and community forest programs
- coordinate statewide efforts to value, conserve, manage and enhance Georgia’s community forests.
- The plan guides the strategic direction of the Georgia Forestry Commission Sustainable Community Forestry Program and Georgia Urban Forest Council
Citizens, policy-makers and managers — empowered with the knowledge about the services provided by urban forests and ways they improve our quality of life — actively and collaboratively are participating in creating resilient urban ecosystems for all of Georgia’s communities.
Goals of the Five Year Plan
STRATEGIC GOAL 1: Promote tree canopy and longevity at the landscape scale through the green infrastructure approach.
STRATEGIC GOAL 2: Increase active participation of local communities to advocate for community forests through education and tree plantings.
STRATEGIC GOAL 3: Promote the development and enforcement of local tree ordinances.
STRATEGIC GOAL 4: Promote sustainable community forestry by training professionals to implement best management practices.
Thanks to These Leaders Responsible for Crafting the Five-Year Plan
Federal, state and local partnerships will make our Five-Year Plan objectives and actions possible. The following representatives helped write the plan:
- U.S. Forest Service
- Georgia Urban Forest Council
- Georgia Power
- City of Athens
- Agnes Scott College
- EPA Green Infrastructure and Water Protection
- City of Alpharetta
- City of Valdosta
- Georgia Forestry Commission
- Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Resiliency
- Keep Rome-Floyd Beautiful
- City of Atlanta Arborist Division
- City of Milton
- City of Macon
- Thoms Trees and Plants
- The University of Georgia
- Georgia Arborist Association