For the Brownieland Pictures February Volunteer Project, we volunteered with Trees Atlanta assisting with projects at their facility and along the Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail.
Trees Atlanta is dedicated to protecting and improving our urban environment through planting, conserving, and educating. The programs and projects undertaken by Trees Atlanta would not be possible without fostering partnerships with numerous business, organizations, and community groups. One such collaboration is with the Atlanta BeltLine and their BeltLine Arboretum, providing funding and expertise to both plant thousands of new trees and remove invasive species to restore the natural landscape.
The Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum will be a large-scale reforestation of the corridor, with a focus on education. Trees Atlanta is building the 22-mile arboretum with the corridor divided into five segments that are informed by ecological and cultural conditions:
- Creek Restoration
- Urban Forest Rehabilitation
- Piedmont Upland Forest Rehabilitation
- Neighborhood Woodland Rehabilitation
- Industrial Reclamation
This one-of-a-kind linear expanse provides neighborhood connectivity along the Atlanta BeltLine while showcasing unique natural characteristics within each community. Different strategies for reforestation will be applied depending on the conditions and surroundings of the corridor. Distinct plant palettes will create coherent experiences for each segment. With this effort realized, the arboretum will enable Atlanta to fulfill the name of “City of Trees.”
In partnership with the Atlanta BeltLine, Trees Atlanta also offers outdoor tours. You can enjoy fresh air, new city views, fascinating Atlanta history, and every season of horticulture interest touring the Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum with an expertly trained Trees Atlanta Docent . These walking tours explore both the Eastside Trail and Westside Trail with a strong focus on the horticultural collections and interesting facts about these different segments of the Atlanta BeltLine. Find out more HERE.
Founded in 1985, Trees Atlanta works tirelessly to address Atlanta’s tree loss, protect its forests, and create new green space. Empowered by its wonderful community of volunteers, Trees Atlanta serves the metro Atlanta area and has grown to become one of Atlanta’s most widely known and supported non-profit organizations. Their mission statement: Trees Atlanta is a nationally recognized non-profit citizens’ group that protects and improves Atlanta’s urban forest by planting, conserving, and educating. Find out more about this incredible Atlanta nonprofit HERE.