Having a professional arborist or forester involved in the development of your tree ordinance is essential. If your community does not have an arborist or forester on staff, you have some other options for finding technical assistance.
GFC SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY FORESTRY PROGRAM
The Georgia Forestry Commission provides technical assistance to communities who are building a tree ordinance or working toward achieving Tree City USA status through the Arbor Day Foundation. One of the requirements for becoming a Tree City is the adoption of a tree ordinance. Contact a community forester with the Sustainable Community Forestry Program at www.gatrees.org for further information.
GEORGIA URBAN FOREST COUNCIL
The Georgia Urban Forest Council also provides educational programs on a wide variety of community forest management topics. Visit their website at www.gufc.org to explore the many educational opportunities that they offer.
ISA CERTIFIED ARBORISTS
The International Society of Arboriculture operates a voluntary certification program for arborists, utility arborists, master arborists, and tree care workers. Many consulting arborists, foresters, horticulturists, and landscape architects maintain ISA Certified Arborist credentials. Click here to search for a certified arborist in your area or verify an arborist’s credentials on the ISA website.