Metro Atlanta Canopy Enhancement
Trees Atlanta and Urban Offsets have partnered to increase tree planting and tree maintenance activity throughout metro Atlanta, GA.
With the help of community and corporate volunteers, Trees Atlanta has planted 500 trees to create a carbon bank for the city. These credits will then be marketed to universities, business(es), and individuals looking to reduce their carbon footprint and support ongoing tree planting and maintenance.
Trees Atlanta is a registered 501c3 nonprofit entity that leverages public and private support to protect Atlanta’s tree cover. It works to increase public awareness on the environmental, social, economic and aesthetic benefits that our urban trees generate, and educates citizens on the proper way to select, plant and maintain trees.
Atlanta is divided into 242 officially defined neighborhoods. There are three major high-rise districts and the surrounding districts are leafy, low-density neighborhoods, most of which are dominated by single-family homes. Density within the I-285 outerbelt is increasing rapidly, however, as more professionals choose neighborhoods closer to the City core and with access to public transportation. This increased density is putting pressure on the metro Atlanta's tree canopy.
The 500 trees in this project are divided amongst four major green spaces:
Brook Run Park, Dunwoody, GA- These 252 trees are part of a reforestation of the Brook Run Park trail system. Brook Run is a 102-acre park. Since 2013, Trees Atlanta has planted approximately 700 trees in Brook Run in partnership with the City of Dunwoody.
Decatur, GA - The trees allocated to Decatur area are part of an ongoing replacement tree program Trees Atlanta has been conducting with the City of Decatur over the past decade. The 159 trees included in this offset program are predominantly street trees on neighborhood roads just north and west of downtown Decatur.
Dixie Hills, GA - Wedged between Lincoln Cemetery and Anderson Park, Trees Atlanta planted 45 trees along the streets of mature neighborhoods west of downtown Atlanta.
Southwest Atlanta, GA - Trees Atlanta planted 44 street trees to buffer neighborhood homes from the I-285 highway to the west and Langford Parkway to the south.
Summer 2017Project Created
Trees Atlanta created the Forest in a City project.
September 2017Planting Locations Determined
Trees Atlanta identified planting sites.
Fall 20171st inventory completed
Trees Atlanta completed the first inventory.
December 2017Project registered
Carbon credits are available for project Supporters.
2nd Inventory completed
The second inventory date is 12 months after the planting date.
1st Peer verification started
Peer Validation will occur 12 months after the planting inventory.
Submitted and Finalized
The review will then be submitted.