Voting Members (Officers):
- Brian Binder (Secretary)
- Bob Bonsall (Treasurer)
- Lea Clark (Chair)
- Dorset Trapnell
- Holly Campbell
- Tom Doonan – Director, Public Works
- Mateo Fennel – City Arborist
- Seth Hawkins – SCFP Community Forester, Georgia Forestry Commission
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Winterville Is A Tree City USA
Winterville Tree City USA® State Recognition
Winterville was one of 20 Georgia cities recognized as a Tree City USA during the state Arbor Day celebration in Duluth, February 7, 2019. Tree City USA provides the framework for community forestry management in cities and towns nationwide that meet certain requirements, including the establishment of a tree commission, a community tree ordinance, specific spending levels for urban forestry and planned Arbor Day celebrations. There are 155 Tree Cities USA in Georgia, and nearly 30 percent of the state’s population lives in a Tree City. Nationwide, more than 3,400 Tree City USA communities serve as home to about 135 million Americans.
Photo Credit: Georgia Forestry Commission
What is Tree City USA?
The Tree City USA program is a nationwide movement that provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees since 1976. The Arbor Day Foundation manages the Tree City USA program.
More than 3,400 communities have made the commitment to becoming a Tree City USA. They have achieved Tree City USA status by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management:
- Maintaining a tree board or department
- Having a community tree ordinance
- Spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and
- Celebrating Arbor Day
City of Winterville and Tree Commission Win Georgia Tree Council Award
The Georgia Tree Council, a nonprofit organization with a mission of sustaining Georgia’s green legacy and maintaining Georgia’s community forests, presented its 2019 Excellence in Urban Forestry Awards Program on November 7, 2019 at the annual Georgia Tree Council Conference in Stone Mountain Park. In its 29th year, the annual awards program honors individuals and organizations for outstanding work in protecting and enhancing Georgia community forests. Award recipients received a framed print of a Georgia tree from artist Barry Nehr, commissioned for the Georgia Tree Council. The City of Winterville and the Winterville Tree Commission received the Outstanding Community Grand Award for 2019.
“The Winterville Tree Commission is to be commended for their outstanding work for raising awareness of the importance of community trees,” said Mary Lynne Beckley, Executive Director of the Georgia Tree Council. “In just a few short years, they have accomplished so much through education and advocacy to make sure that trees are understood as vital to their city.”
Five Tree Commission members were present to receive the award. Please check out the beautiful framed print at Winterville City Hall.
Winterville Tree People is a new project the Commission initiated to highlight the special role that trees can play in our lives. Please enjoy the first Tree People entry below and let us know if you would like to share a story about your special tree.
The Labyrinth White Oak
White oaks (Quercus alba) have long symbolized peace and calmness. One special white oak in Winterville serves just this purpose for the homeowner, Jack, who caretakes it. The 100 foot tall, 4 foot diameter oak serves as the cornerstone of a labyrinth on Jack’s property. The labyrinth’s path is marked with stones and is used as an outdoor walking meditation, providing a literal path for mindfulness. Jack designed the labyrinth based on the oak’s position, since the tree provides a focal point in the landscape. Jack shared the important role the oak plays in his life: “The tree guards over the landscape, reminding me that everything has a place and purpose in nature. The oak symbolizes something greater than myself.” The white oak on Jack’s property is a relic of the past, observing the many changes in Winterville over time. Now it provides a Winterville resident peace, calmness and beauty.
White Oak a poem by: Jack Eisenman
Stand tall sovereign,
spread your arms,
shade pilgrims who
Stand tall for
Those who walk
between the rocks,
who wind their way
toward life’s center,
who seek enlightenment
along the mystical path.