Trees Atlanta is on a mission to protect and improve Atlanta’s urban forest by planting, conserving, and educating. The different planting programs they offer work to expand Atlanta’s forest, and while there is constant loss of green space to make more room for construction, Trees Atlanta is working just as hard to combat that loss and has planted more than 113,000 trees around the city. Conservation is just as important as planting and things like maintenance, forest restoration, and the removal of invasive species all play a huge role in keeping our city’s forest healthy. Education is the final key to the important work they do, and they offer lots of programs focused on educating others on the best methods to use when we are trying to add to a sustainable and thriving urban forest. They offer the community the necessary education to successfully plant, restore, and maintain our plants starting from our own yards and expanding throughout the city. A cool way to get involved with them would be to attend their Arboretum Docent Training on February 4th at 9:00 am. This training will allow you to become a Docent for the Atlanta BeltLine Walking Tours. You would have the chance to train with Trees Atlanta and interact with and educate others about the origins and importance of our native plants unique to the Atlanta Arboretum. If you would rather something with less of a time commitment, they have a monthly Lunch and Learn where you can come be a part of important conversations surrounding the importance of conserving Atlanta’s canopy. There is one coming up on February 9th starting at 12:00 pm which will talk about Atlanta’s tree ordinance. It’s important to know about it so that we can keep builders accountable and learn way to use the ordinance to continue conservation. You can read more about Trees Atlanta and sign up for these events (or other events) here at their website.