Avondale Estates receives Growth Award from Georgia Forestry CommissionA man and his dog enjoy Lake Avondale. Photo from the city of Avondale Estates website
Avondale Estates has been recognized for its efforts to promote a healthy tree canopy in the city.
According to city spokesperson Debbie Revzin the Georgia Forestry Commission recently bestowed its Growth Award upon the city. She said, “The Georgia Forestry Commission defines cities who receive this award as going, ‘above and beyond the requirements for urban forestry programs.'”
Avondale also is celebrating its 32nd year as a Tree City USA, a recognition bestowed by the Arbor Day Foundation.
“These requirements (for being a Tree City) include the establishment of a tree board or department, a community tree ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation,” Revzin said. “There are 138 Tree Cities in Georgia and more than 3,400 in the country.”
While the city has held that distinction longer than many other Georgia cities, leaders have reopened discussions about whether residents should abide by a tree protection ordinance.
Mayor Jonathan Elmore said the draft of a residential tree ordinance is still in the works.
“The ad hoc Committee for Green Space is working on a rough draft of a revised residential tree ordinance, so not near adoption,” Elmore said via email. “No ETA, but hope to see draft in a couple of months.”