Tree Inventory - Volunteers Wanted
Volunteers Needed for Tree Inventory at Oconee Veterans Park October 12 &13
Participants will receive voucher for free tree seedling available in January
Oconee County Parks & Recreation is partnering with the University of North Georgia, the Keep Oconee County Beautiful Commission, and the Georgia Forestry Commission to conduct a tree inventory at Oconee Veterans Park, 3500A Hog Mountain Road, Watkinsville.
Volunteers are needed to help complete tree mapping, which will take place Friday, October 12, and Saturday, October 13, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Individuals and groups are welcome to volunteer. No previous experience is necessary. Training and equipment to capture tree information will be provided.
This tree survey will use geographic information system technology to create a catalog of each tree in Oconee Veterans Park, including exact location, species, size, and health. This data can be used to track the status of the tree population in the park over time.
“The benefits of trees in our park system are endless,” said Oconee County Parks & Recreation Director Lisa Davol. “They are public assets, just like ballfields, courts, and buildings. A tree inventory will provide us with a baseline for maintaining our tree population by determining tree health, replacement estimates, and new planting options. We hope citizens will come out and volunteer with our partners to help us capture their worth.”
“The Keep Oconee County Beautiful Commission is pleased to partner with University of North Georgia students and these other great groups to bring this exciting program to Oconee County,” said Cindy Pritchard, Executive Director of the Keep Oconee County Beautiful Commission. “Our goal is to complete tree surveys in all four park properties and then in other areas of the county. We appreciate the opportunity to further engage our residents to keep Oconee County clean, green, and beautiful.”
As a thank you for participation, volunteers will receive a voucher for a free tree seedling available in January.
Register on site at the work days or click the link below to register online. All participants must complete a volunteer waiver, which may be downloaded below and brought to the work day or completed on site. For more information about this project, call 706-769-3965.