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    Actually coyotes are not native to Georgia. {Sigh}

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    I’d bet Kay Evanovich, the City Arborist, thinks they’re all diseased and should be chopped down.

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    I don’t know why *some* people here hate arborists so much. I’ve seen diseased trees that were left standing start massive electrical fires as well as many huge old trees cut down save the health of the other trees around them. The total passivity that some around here advocate can not only be dangerous to human life, but tree life as well.

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    Most participants also seem to be from the 18th century.

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    Where exactly is the walk-in road? Is it the little thing branching off from Osborne across from the tennis courts?

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    Go talk to and ask a coyote in Cherokee as Tom advocates- I’m sure it will lead the way.

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    Lol! Have you hugged your favorite Asian long-horn beetle today? If only we were more loving and tolerant (maybe hold hands and sing Kumbaya? Or We Are The World?) I’m sure everything would be fine. {SIGH}

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    Please provide the evidence that coyotes are native to Georgia.

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    What a fantastic thing you guys did. Thanks “Tree People!”

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    Amazing! Thanks Tom and crew!

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    Owen F.

    Please let us know next time before something like this takes place. How wonderful!

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    I tell you one thing Brookhaven had BETTER keep this in its natural state. WHAT A GEM!

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    Tom, How can we learn more about these wonderful national treasures?

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    brookhaven hug boy

    Tom are you guys selling Brookhaven tree snuggle blankets for this fall? Before the season ends can you tell us a humming bird story? Thanks man!

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    Better yet, how can people learn to get on a mailing list or on next to group bully and shame those chopping them down and purchasing newer homes were they’ve been chopped down?

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    I think it’s funny that they’re smiling because when some of them stomp by my house they’re certainly not.

    Fake smile for the camera!!!

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    Tom Reilly

    Hi, HMM!! “Donadagohuhsgi–until we meet again.” we do need to talk.–Tom

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    Quality humor.

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    Eddie E.

    And then, before anything had a chance to grow, we could slather the ground with a monolith foundation, wall sections, foamboard, siding and voila, no more trees for a few decades!!

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    It would help some of your causes a lot more if you learned the meaning of the phrase “You catch more flies with honey”. . . or as I like to say: “You catch more slugs with beer!”

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    Girl, please stop the attacks. A few of your comments has shown some intelligence. Please use your knowledge in a more positive manner. They low blows and digs are not productive. Stop trying to stir the pot all the time. Please!

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    I have walked this property several times and it is absolutely wonderful. Thank you for taking the time and effort to explore and document this valuable asset of Brookhaven. Children and adults alike are going to find it magical.

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    Where have I made a low blow? I’m the one that has been called “lazy”,”selfish”, and “ignorant” (including here) by some of these individuals! And had my BELOVED dog- that I love like a child!- attacked! And his safety threatened- all in writing might I add. Leave me and my dog alone and I’ll be more than happy to shut up. Currently I and others only have two options: a)fight back or b)sell our homes and move. I chose option a!

    A lot of people consider “you catch more flies with honey” sage words of wisdom. I came up with and always use “You catch more slugs with beer” because my grandmother who was a huge fan of natural gardening taught me how to catch slugs in the garden by putting dishes of beer out. I think it’s it’s a fun twist on an old saying- GOOD GRIEF!

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    Tell your buddies to leave my family and dogs alone. Please!

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    Tom Reilly

    Hi, Tina!! One way is to join the National Wildlife Federation through its website . We have all kinds of means, either automatic or reasonably priced, to help you in your quest. Please let me know what I can do to help as well. Thanks!!–Tom

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    Tom Reilly

    Trey Benton: Your usual superb job in presenting this article. You are important to Brookhaven, you are important to us. Many thanks for all that you are, and for all that you do!!__Tom

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    The Brookhaven Post

    Thanks to the group that braved the heat to document this interesting piece of land.

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    Is that a threat?

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    So I guess the downvoting on asking to be left alone means there will be even more bullying, public shaming, and police visits- YAY! Some of you guys really are a piece of work.

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    What is the National Wildlife Federation’s stance on bullying, publicly shaming, and calling nasty names to home owners I wonder?

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    Thank you Tom for seeing life\'s bigger picture.

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    Tom Reilly

    It’s an offer.

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    What part of us saying that we want to deal with you guys LESS- preferably NEVER- is so difficult to understand?

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    “Please stop the attacks.”

    Have you had “activists” send the cops out to your house?

    The people being “attacked” here are NOT the activists- but law-abiding pet and homeowners.

    Because I dared to stand up to one “activist” in Pine Hills they came after my sweet old dog.

    But as always, *you guys* are the victims.

    Spare me.

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    Melanie Bass Pollard

    There are some great organizations to get involved with here in the Atlanta area.

    Kathryn Kolb, with walked the trail in the early discovery stages and offers a wide scope of knowledge and storytelling on her eco-walks. She hosts walks all over the metro area and Southeast. It’s a wonderful way to truly learn, listen and engage with our unique ecosystem and the myriad ways our wildlife, pollinators, trees, plants, flora and fauna are inter-related. All the way down to the bedrock and plants above that tell the story of what lies beneath!

    The Georgia Native Plant Society hosts free bi-monthly meetings at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. It’s a large state-wide organization with volunteers throughout conducting plant rescues, restoration and walks to spread their knowledge. Kathryn Gable, past president of the GNPS, is currently volunteering at a Blackburn Park with the wonderful Native Garden she designed and installed. GNPS is actively involved with the Beltline and Trees Atlanta in restoring areas to the native plant ecosystem so that wildlife and pollinators can thrive.

    Atlanta Protects Trees is a metro advocacy group of citizens actively engaged in the protection of our native specimen trees throughout the metro area. Their goal is to spread awareness, strengthen tree, zoning and stormwater ordinances and enforcement through stronger community and civic engagement. Atlanta has one of the largest urban old-growth forests and original soils in the country which along with the southeast is on the Global Forest Watch as one of the most threatened forests on the globe. With the trend in larger building footprints, regrading of the lots, the very shallow top-soil that Georgia has (3-4 inches), and the disappearing forests and original, undisturbed soils, it’s not possible to regrow these superb specimen trees to their current size and health. Trees, like the special ones in Osborne Park, are a keystone to biodiversity and a healthy environment, air and waters – healthy for humans, wildlife, flora, fauna and our pollinators.

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    Melanie Bass Pollard

    Loved this film clip. Thank you for sharing! His message is spot on- the mycorrizas fungi are the gold of our soils and the ecosystem. It’s what drives me crazy when I see the bobcats destroying the soils and then putting the sod bandaid on top of the destroyed fungi. As my mom always said (who grew up in an organic farming family): $5 hole for a $1 plant. I would love to see this shown here in Atlanta. Here’s another wonderful Ted Talk by Suzanne Simard on these unique relationships:

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    Melanie Bass Pollard

    One important note regarding the plant list and unique quality of this newly “discovered” pristine forest. The native plants and trees growing here are extremely vulnerable to untrained eyes, feet and hands. It’s very important that certified arborists, naturalists and botanists oversee the restoration, particularly since the English Ivy, Kudzu, Privet, and many other invasive plants are so prevalent. A customized, planned approach to restoration must be conducted and then the slow, methodical process of restoring the land back then way nature intended it. Sheep and goats will destroy what is there underneath the ivy as quick as well-intended hands. There is really no effective “short-cut” that doesn’t destroy what is there and/or create irreversible erosion damage. For this reason, I would discourage visiting the site so that the city has time to identify those specialized in the field of restoration so that it can once again flourish. There are many other sites to visit, such as the Native Plant Garden created by Kathryn Gable and the many different areas that Kathryn Kolb can lead you through on her walks with EcoAddendum. Please do consider this. I am sure that Tom and the group will be more than happy to provide updates on the park’s progress with goals to share this special place when it is finally ready.

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    This is not newly discovered by any means. Many have been working on this since the Governors Commission in 2012. I will continue to walk this property anytime I darn well please. I create no harm to it and respect the grandeur that it is.

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    Melanie Bass Pollard

    Thanks for your post and for your work and dedication to help make this park preservation come about! Brookhaven is fortunate to have residents who care and give their time to preserving special greenspaces. I imagine there are many unsung heroes who have graced this beautiful property and I hope they will come forward. I by no-means want to assume responsibility for the achievements of others and have only walked the property twice, therefore, have no claim to protecting this beautiful park. I do, however, care very much and want to see the native plants and trees protected. We already witnessed damage to the property on several trees and on the walk down the drive- well intentioned I’m sure. Our concerns that day were that many will not understand or recognize the plants and unknowingly do well-intentioned damage to what is there now. I hope that everyone will give visiting the park careful consideration before too many visitors will damage what is not yet identified and protected and walking paths installed. The plant list is still in draft form being reviewed by others for accuracy which will take time and multiple seasons to complete. The time spent in drafting it was meant only as a start to recognizing and documenting the native plants that need special consideration before removing the invasive plants that dominate the slope and landscape. We spent a little time during the walk cutting the ivy at the base of the trees which now needs to die-back before removing the vines from the trunks. That can take months up to a year and half according to Arborguard. But well worth the wait! It will take years to restore the forest using the recommended methods that EcoA and GNPS practice but hopefully the opportunity to restore will happen. Thanks again for all that you have done to preserve this beautiful property.

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    Just received clarification that certain neighborhood activists *dont* have any authority on what trees we can chop down (though they like to think they do).

    Anyone up for a fall bonfire ? ⛏🌲🌳⛏🔥🔥🎉

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    I searched and searched for this last Sunday and could not find it. Help!

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    Tom Reilly

    HMM: This is city–owned land. Treat it accordingly.

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    Pretty sure my yard is not city-owned, but regardless I was obviously being facetious (because this is all so frustrating) . . . I don’t want to burn the whole neighborhood down and besides, I imagine bonfires in the city are illegal. Did you think I was being serious when I said I wore devil horns too? I was not being serious, sigh.

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    Can you tell me how to find it?

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    Eddie E.

    Completely off topic but we had an executive committee meeting at your group’s headquarters yesterday.
    What beautiful and environmentally appropriate facility!

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