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is the live oak (Quercus virginiana). This evergreen forms a broad and massive tree that grows 40 to 50 feet tall with a short trunk that is often 3 to 4 feet in diameter. It is one of the more majestic trees in the south and known for Spanish moss hanging from its branches.
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, parks “attract tourists, serve as community signature pieces, offer a marketing tool for cities to attract businesses and conventions and host festivals, concerts and athletic events.” As a result, greenspaces are extremely important, but connecting them throughout a community can make an even bigger impact. For example, based on the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc (ABI) , the ABI “is the most comprehensive transportation and economic development effort ever undertaken in the City of Atlanta and among the largest, most wide-ranging urban redevelopment programs currently underway in the United States.” Once completed, the Atlanta Beltline will include a 22 mile expansion of the Atlanta Streetcar, 33 miles of multi-use trails, and 2,000 acres of parks and support “affordable workforce housing, economic development, job creation, public health, streetscapes, public art, environmental clean-up, and historic preservation – all with an eye towards sustainability.” This multi-phased project is scheduled to be completed in 2030 and includes both public and private partners. To learn more, check out the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc . Also be sure to check out our Arbor Tips or contact our Urban Forestry Supervisor at 229-259-3530.
October - The Tree that Own's Itself
“The Tree That Owns Itself” which is located in Athens, GA, is probably the most unusual property holder in the world. The tree pays no taxes, is protected by the community and rests secure in its own enclosed garden-type lot. In addition, this unique tree has be featured in Ripley's "Believe it or Not" and has received regular attention from newspapers and magazines from around the world. The original tree became diseased and was blown down in a windstorm on October 9, 1942. The Junior Ladies Garden Club grew a sapling from one of the tree's acorns and planted it on the same spot on October 9, 1946.
The land on which the tree stands was originally owned by Col. William H. Jackson, a professor at the University of Georgia. Legend has it that in the early 1800s, Professor Jackson, out of love for the great oak, deeded to the tree ownership of itself and the land within eight feet of it on all sides. The marker at the foot of the tree reads as follows: "For and in consideration of the great love I bear this tree and the great desire I have for its protection, for all time, I convey entire possession of itself and all land within eight feet of the tree on all sides." An original deed has not been located, but the Athens community has recognized the tree's title to the surrounding land and has taken measures to protect the tree.
Its property rights have never been questioned. So, the next time you’re strolling downtown Athens, stop by the corner of Finley St. and Dearing St. (one block off Broad St.) to visit “The Tree That Owns Itself.”
December - Winter is Coming
Winter is one of the best times to plant a tree! Many excellent varieties are available at your local nursery, with some of the best trees available in the winter. Your new tree will use the winter dormant season to establish new roots. When spring arrives, your tree will be on its way to providing shade for generations to come. The best time to plant in Georgia is between November and March.
While it may seem obvious that planting a tree is a good thing, here are some reasons which may not have not occurred to you. Well-placed trees can save you money on your utility bills. In the summer, trees shade your roof and windows and also cool the air around your house as they breathe. In the winter, evergreens can block cold north winds. By using less electricity you help cut down on emissions from power plants that contribute to the “greenhouse effect.” Trees of course clean the air by creating oxygen and they also keep our cities cooler by reducing the “heat island” effect, caused by concrete and asphalt storing and reflecting heat.