City Receives Georgia Urban Forestry Council’s Top Honor


Mayor Pro-tem Van Johnson congratulates City Park & Tree staff as Aldermen Tony Thomas and Estella Shabazz look on.
Mayor Pro-tem Van Johnson congratulates City Park & Tree staff as Aldermen Tony Thomas and Estella Shabazz look on.

Georgia Forestry Commission Director Robert Farris presented the City of Savannah with the Outstanding Community Grand Award during a ceremony in Chippewa Square. Members of City Council were on hand to received the Georgia Urban Forestry Council’s top honor for communities for the revitalization of Chippewa Square late last year.

The project included the installation of new bricked walkways, the planting of new trees, shrubs and groundcover and the installation of Victorian benches within the square. The work enhances the existing live oak canopy, with the Oglethorpe Monument as the central feature of the space. It also improves public safety, reduces vegetative competition, re-establishes scenic vistas and ensures reliable seasonal color.

The Outstanding Community Grand Award recognizes the city or county that does the most to build a program that conserves, manages and enhances the urban environment.

The Georgia Urban Forest Council, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1988 by a group of visionary individuals who recognized the need for an organization to address urban forestry issues in Georgia.

For more information contact the City of Savannah Public Information Office at 651-6410.


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