Participants will receive free seed packets
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 Herman C. Michael Park.
Volunteers are needed to help complete tree mapping, which will take place Friday, May 10 at two locations: the Bogart Sports Location from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Heritage Park from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Individuals and groups are welcome to volunteer at one or both locations. 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 the two parks, 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 free packet of seeds.
Register on site at the work day 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.