Winterville Tree Commission Activities

  • Please join the 2019 Tree Talk on Autumn Fall Color Change. Credit: Holly Campbell
  • MLK Day Winterville Elementary tree planting. Credit: Kenneth Storey
  • Winterville recognized as Tree City USA. Credit:Georgia Forestry Commission
  • 2018 Winterville Arbor Day. Credit: Holly Campbell
  • 2018 Marigold Festival tree benefits tag. Credit: Holly Campbell
  • 2018 Tree Talk. Gary Crider presenting. Credit: Holly Campbell
  • April 2019 Winterville Elementary tree activity. Seth Hawkins teaches 3rd graders about caring for the newly planted trees. Credit: Holly Campbell
  • 2018 Winterville Tree Tour. UGA Associate Professor, Eric MacDonald, discusses using goats for invasive plant removal while a local sheepherder, Jennif Chandler's, sheep provide a demonstration of invasive plant removal. Credit: Holly Campbell
  • 2018 Tree Tour. Art Morris of New Urban Forestry discusses tree health and growing requirements. Credit: Holly Campbell
  • 2018 Winterville Tree Tour. Speaker Gary Crider discusses safely utilizing herbicide to remove invasive plants. Credit: Holly Campbell
  • 2019 Winterville Tree Tour. Dr. Scott Merkle explains how to identify oaks. Credit: Holly Campbell
  • 2019 Winterville Tree Tour. Dr. Scott Merkle displays tree ID characteristics of baldcypress. Credit: Holly Campbell
  • 2019 Winterville Tree Tour begins near City Hall. Credit: Holly Campbell
  • Arbor Day 2019 celebration. Credit: Holly Campbell
  • Arbor Day 2019 celebration. Planting a black gum tree in honor of Arbor Day. Credit: Holly Campbell

Winterville Tree Commission


  • Holly Campbell   - Chair
  • Averil Bonsall     - Secretary
  • Bob Bonsall        - Treasurer


  • Roger Cauthen    - City Arborist
  • Tom Doonan        - Director, Public Works
  • Seth Hawkins      - SCFP community Forester, Georgia Forestry Commission
  • Lea Clark            - UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources graduate student

Questions or interested to learn more?

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:

  1. Maintaining a tree board or department
  2. Having a community tree ordinance
  3. Spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and
  4. Celebrating Arbor Day


2nd Annual Tree Talk Presentation and Potluck 

Autumn Leaf Color in Trees

Speaker: Seth Hawkins, Georgia Forestry Commission

November 14, 2019 from 6-8PM
Winterville Center for Community and Culture
371 N. Church St., Winterville, Georgia, 30683

Free, but donations are welcome.

The Winterville Tree Commission invites you to the 2nd annual Tree Talk presentation at The Winterville Center for Community and Culture on November 14, 2019 from 6- 8PM.  Georgia Forestry Commission Community Forester, Seth Hawkins, will discuss autumn leaf color change- why it happens, how it happens, and which trees have the most vivid color.  We will review the science of autumn leaf color change and talk about what trees homeowners can plant in their yards to get the autumn color they desire.  Winterville City Arborist, Roger Cauthen, and the Winterville Tree Commission will also be on hand to answer questions about specific trees in the community. Potluck dinner. Please bring a dish to share. Look forward to seeing you there! For more information, email:

Tree People: A Collection of Winterville Tree Stories

Do you have a favorite tree in Winterville? We would love to hear about it and feature it as part of a new project highlighting the important role trees play in our lives. Please contact



April 2019 Winterville Tree Tour- Tree Identification

On April 27, 2019, approximately 65 participants enjoyed an educational walk in Winterville to learn about tree identification. Local expert, Dr. Scott Merkle, from the UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, explained key identification characteristics of local trees to those in attendance. Participants observed bark, leaves, buds, twigs and more while learning to identify trees in the city square and Pittard Park. Some of the trees observed included baldcypress, several maples and oaks, persimmon, Eastern red cedar, deodar cedar, and much more. A raffle held at the beginning of the tour awarded several lucky participants trees and a tree identification book. Also, tree care publications were also available. The tour was organized by the Winterville Tree Commission, Georgia Forestry Commission, and City of Winterville. Please join us in 2020!



February 2019 Arbor Day Celebration

On February 20, 2019, thirty Winterville residents, Georgia Forestry Commission staff and Commemorative Tree Program donors convened along Main Street to celebrate Winterville Arbor Day and being a Tree City USA®. The Georgia Forestry Commission planted a black gum tree and the City Arborist, Roger Cauthen, honored the Commemorative Tree Program donors, who donated trees in honor of relatives and veterans of foreign wars. Over 35 trees were planted along Main Street in support of the Commemorative Tree Program. 


January 2019 MLK Day of Service Tree Planting at Winterville Elementary playground

Have you seen the new, beautiful trees at Winterville Elementary? On January 20, 2019, over 63 volunteers collectively worked 234 hours to plant 46 trees in and around the playground and schoolyard at Winterville Elementary. Working with the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC), the school, Winterville Tree Commission, and the City of Winterville helped make this planting possible through the GFC Making the Shade grant, which provided $4940 to support the planting. The grant helps create much needed shade on Georgia school playgrounds. Caterpillar, Athens-Clarke County (ACC) Board of Education and Unified Government, City of Winterville, Winterville Community Garden, UGA, Keep ACC Beautiful, Golden Pantry, New Urban Forestry, and the broader community generously donated their time or resources to make this project a success.

Photo credit: Kenneth Storey

October 2018  Winterville Tree Talk Potluck and Presentation

This was a pot-luck dinner meeting that followed up on the invasive plant theme of the 2018 Tree Tour.  The program was introduced by Mayor Dodd Ferrelle.  Tom Doonan described our Commemorative Tree Program, and Bob Bonsall gave the first presentation to set the stage for talks by our invited experts, Lauren Muller (Athens Land Trust Invasive Plant Manager), Gary Crider (Invasive plant management expert), Joey Allen (State Botanical Garden Native Plant Garden curator), Seth Hawkins (Georgia Forestry Commission), and Roger Cauthen (City Arborist).

April 2018 Winterville Tree Tour- Invasive Plants in Your Landscape

This event focused on invasive plant awareness and management in our woodlands, and was held on the property of Jack Eisenman, who kindly offered the use of his woods for this event.  Information was presented at stops along the walk by three experts, and we had a demonstration of prescribed grazing by sheep. There were about 30 participants. The event was two hours long, and finished with a light reception and Q&A time.  Seth provided three trees for “door” prizes.  (This was held alongside the Athens Home and Garden Show, and we promoted it in and around Athens and Winterville with our own posters and outreach).


February 2018 Winterville Arbor Day Celebration

The February 2018 Arbor Day event included a tree planting and pruning demonstration, and presentation of the Winterville Tree City USA sign. About 15 people participated, including our Mayor and two City Council members, City Arborist, Tree Commission, Seth Hawkins and other Georgia Forestry Commission members, and city residents.  (A photo of this event appeared in the GFC 2019 planner, the Winterville Gazette, and the Marigold Festival Program).



WTC Links


Winterville Commemorative Tree Program: download this brochure (pdf)

Tree People Program (pdf)

Winterville Tree Commission - 2018 Achievements

Winterville Tree Ordinance 6.0 (PDF)

WTC Bylaws (PDF)

Meeting Minutes

City Gazette Articles



For help with invasive plant removal:  

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Georgia Forestry Commission:

Arbor Day Foundation:

Georgia Urban Forest Council:

Trees are Good:

Urban Forestry Toolkit: