Seeds planted for com­ing tree com­mis­sion projects

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By KEVIN MYRICK Edi­tor

The Cedar­town Tree Com­mis­sion is plan­ning to keep the city green for years to come with more plant­ings on the hori­zon in the fall.

Dur­ing the tree com­mis­sion’s June meet­ing, mem­bers dis­cussed up­com­ing projects in­clud­ing the re­place­ment of some trees in Peek Park, and the ad­di­tion of rare and en­dan­gered trees to the area as well.

The com­mis­sion ap­proved a mo­tion by Com­mis­sioner Beam Sut­ton for the pur­chase of three trees to re­place dam­aged or dead trees in the area parks.

She noted the trees won’t be planted un­til the fall, when the time of year is right for saplings to take root in the ground.

“We’ll be plac­ing them in front of the stone mon­u­ment at Peek Park where we have al­ready lost some,” she said.

Mar­i­lyn Bunn, chair of the com­mis­sion, said she’s also had two more or­ders for Living Me­mo­rial trees to be planted dur­ing the fall.

The pro­gram, launched in 2014, al­lows res­i­dents to pur­chase a tree to be placed in one of Cedar­town’s four parks. There are five types of trees avail­able for the me­mo­rial pro­gram.

They i nclude Dog­wood, Mag­no­lia, Grancy Greybeard, Chalk Maple and South Red Oak. All are species that are com­monly found in the South­east­ern United States.

The me­mo­rial trees may be planted in the

ing with state of­fi­cials and the At­lanta Botan­i­cal Gar­dens to se­cure at least four of the Tor­reya tax­i­fo­lia trees to plant in the area.

Com­monly known as the Florida tor­reya, gopher wood, stink­ing yew, or stink­ing cedar, Grant said the trees are so rare and en­dan­gered that sci­en­tists are try­ing to plant them in var­i­ous lo­ca­tions – in­clud­ing North­east Ge­or­gia and around the Asheville, N.C. area – to force migration on the tree and help pro­pogate the species in dif­fer­ent ar­eas.

“Dur­ing the last ice age, all th­ese tree species got pushed south, and this par­tic­u­lar one never moved back north,” Grant said. “So the idea is to plant and move them to as many dif­fer­ent ar­eas they can grow as pos­si­ble.”

The tree is one of the first fed­er­ally rec­og­nized plants on the en­dan­gered species list, hav­ing been in­cluded since 1984.

Com­mis­sion­ers agreed that Grant should move for­ward with the project and see how many trees of­fi­cials Bert Wood Youth and Ath­letic Sports Com­plex, and Peek, Turner Street and Goodyear parks. Trees will not be planted in Big Spring Park un­til planned ren­o­va­tions on the space are com­pleted.

Bunn said she will have more in­for­ma­tion about the me­mo­rial plant­ings later in year.

The com­mis­sion also plans to place a sapling to honor the Ay­ers-Beck Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion and the W.D. Trippe Foun­da­tion for their con­tin­ued sup­port of the com­mis­sion over the years.

The Ay­ers- Beck Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion gave the or­ga­ni­za­tion $500 as part of their yearly con­tri­bu­tion to­ward keep­ing Cedar­town green; a match­ing do­na­tion is ex­pected from the Trippe Foun­da­tion.

Com­mis­sioner Billy Grant re­ported on work be­ing done to get a set of saplings for an en­dan­gered tree species that has been around in the Ap­palachicola River basin in Florida since be­fore the last ice age.

Grant said he’s work-

Seeds planted for com­ing tree com­mis­sion projects would like to plant in the Cedar­town area.

Grant said state of­fi­cials would first have to visit the area to en­sure that the tree would grow well in Cedar­town soil, but he said he didn’t ex­pect there to be any prob­lems since Grant has his own Florida Tor­reya grow­ing at his home.

“It would be re­ally nice to have some of those grow­ing here,” Grant said.

Com­mis­sion­ers dis­cussed the progress of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s part­ner­ship with Eco Cell to col­lect and re­cy­cle old cell phones and other elec­tronic com­po­nents, such as cir­cuit boards.

Eco Cell re­cy­cles the items for their pre­cious met­als and will re­turn 50 cents to $1 per phone to the com­mis­sion. Funds raised are marked for more tree plant­ings.

Phones, cir­cuit boards, and other elec­tron­ics can be de­posited in one of the bins cur­rently avail­able at three Cedar­town lo­ca­tions: City Hall, Pirkle’s Deli and the Cedar­town Wel­come Cen­ter.

Grant points out re­cy­cling the phones will pro­vide funds to plant more trees, but it will also keep cell phones out of land­fills.

“They call it ur­ban min­ing, and there’s a whole lot of pre­cious met­als we could be re­cy­cling go­ing into the trash ev­ery year,” Grant said.

Bunn said she would ex­plore putting the drop boxes and schools and get­ting stu­dents in­volved in the col­lec­tion drive.

The tree com­mis­sion is set to meet again on Sept. 10 at city hall to pre­pare for sea­sonal plant­ings and fall events. A ses­sion with a mas­ter gar­dener is ten­ta­tively planned for the month of Oc­to­ber.

For those in­ter­ested in the Living Me­mo­rial pro­gram, do­nat­ing re­cy­cled cir­cuit boards and cell phones, or who just want to know what they can do to keep Cedar­town green, con­tact mem­bers through the City of Cedar­town.

They can also call Tree Com­mis­sion Chair Mar­i­lyn Bunn at 678-9012802 or Tree Com­mis­sion mem­bers Billy Grant, 770-748-2307, or Beam Sut­ton, 770-748-6785.

Kevin Myrick/SJ

Ado­nis Bur­rus was also given a DVD player by the Davitte Lodge’s Randy Ray­burn.

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