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City of Tifton and Tree Board receives grant to plant 165 trees
TIFTON, GEORGIA – February 1, 2021, The City of Tifton, the Tifton Tree Board and the Tifton Heritage Foundation have been awarded a $10,000 grant by the Georgia Tree Council’s ReLeaf Program. The project, which will help restore the tree canopy and tree-lined streets in Tifton, will focus on educating the public on the importance and benefit of trees while encouraging public participation. The project will see 165 native trees planted along Tifton’s rights-of-ways and parks.
Tifton Tree Board and the City of Tifton are asking for the public’s help by adopting a newly planted tree to help the young trees survive and get established. Homeowners, businesses, schools, and non-profit organizations can request a tree be placed in the approved right-of-way adjacent to their property or designated public parks and grounds. The City of Tifton’s Public Works Department will determine the locations and appropriate tree species in accordance with Tifton’s Tree Ordinance.
Dr. George Vellidis of the Tree Board commented, “The Tifton Tree Board is excited to partner with the Southwest Georgia ReLeaf Program and other community partners to reestablish the canopied streets that our community was known for up until recently. This is a very exciting project for Tifton. Since January 2019 we will have planted 435 trees along our city’s streets and this would not have been possible without the support of the Georgia Tree Council and the Tifton Heritage Foundation.”
Citizens wishing to participate in the program can complete an Adopt-A-Tree Application available on the City Website or by calling 229-391-3937. Trees are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.