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PBA and Trees Atlanta partner to improve the neighborhood tree canopy
Posted on Sep 27th, 2018

When our neighborhood was initially developed in the 1920s, it was filled with Water Oaks.  Water Oaks are comparatively fast growing with a shorter life span (60 – 80 years).  These trees are easily recognizable by their small leaves and gnarly roots that push up the sidewalks.  Many of our Water Oaks have fallen over in the last few years and many will be gone over the coming decade.  As the neighborhood continues to lose our native canopy trees, PBA believes that it is prudent to develop a plan to replace them.
A few weeks ago PBA met with Trees Atlanta to develop a detailed plan for planting additional trees in our parks and green spaces.  During the meeting, we shared a detailed soil analysis that PBA commissioned in 2008 to determine the best types of trees for the neighborhood. The initial plan is to plant between 30 to 50 native trees in our parks and green spaces.  These new trees are less likely to push up the sidewalks.  Our goal is to combine our tree planting project with the Memorial Park tree planting project scheduled for December 1, 2018.
In addition to this tree planning project, Trees Atlanta offers FREE trees to individual neighbors.  Any neighbor may request FREE trees for their property by accessing this web link:  The trees will be planted for you by volunteers and come through Trees Atlanta’s NeighborWoods Program.  If you are uncomfortable requesting trees online, PBA neighbor Marc Schneidau, has volunteered to contact them on your behalf and can be present when you meet with Trees Atlanta for selection type and location.  He can be reached at 404-788-1376.
Please understand that trees planted in our parks, green spaces and neighbor front yard right-of-ways (basically, the space between the sidewalk and the curb) require City of Atlanta approval.  If you are requesting trees for your front yard right-of-way, please submit your online request as soon as possible.  Trees Atlanta will work with the city to ensure all plantings are approved.
We are also looking for neighborhood volunteers to help plant the trees so,  if you or your children are interested in volunteering to help on this project, please call Marc and he can provide additional information.  PBA thanks you in advance for considering planting trees on your property.
Sample Form – NeighborWoods – click the word “Atlanta”:
More information on Tree Atlanta:
“Founded in 1985 by Central Atlanta Progress (the downtown business leaders association), the Atlanta Commissioner of Parks, and the Atlanta Junior League, Trees Atlanta was initially tasked with improving the tree canopy in downtown Atlanta.  Despite the fact that the Atlanta metropolitan area is recognized by the National Forest Service as “the most heavily forested urban area in the country”, the Atlanta Central Business District was severely lacking in trees compared to other major cities across the country and around the world.  Trees Atlanta met that challenge head-on, planting over 40 shade trees in downtown Atlanta in its first year. Since then, Trees Atlanta has expanded its focus to the entire metro area (inside I-285), and 113,000 trees later, the mission continues to evolve.”  Source Trees Atlanta website.