ATLANTA, GA, February 27, 2017 – The Post Reports – As part of their efforts to protect urban forests, Trees Atlanta has allied with leadership of the member cities in the Peachtree Gateway Partnership (PGP). Government leaders in Brookhaven, Chamblee, Doraville and Dunwoody formed the nonprofit business organization to jointly support economic development, recreation amenities and quality of life for their citizens.
To make a significant impact in the PGP communities, Trees Atlanta organized a partnership-wide tree planting project to celebrate Georgia Arbor Day. Volunteers, local residents and city staff from all four cities joined Trees Atlanta’s collaborative effort to make the thriving quad-city area an even better place to live, work and play by planting 177 trees in Georgian Hills Park, Dresden Park, on Winters Chapel Road, and at the Dunwoody Nature Center.
“In Doraville, we place a high priority on the environment. Our participation in Arbor Day activities along with the surrounding cities through the Peachtree Gateway Partnership is a testament to this community’s commitment to work together to enjoy and preserve our trees,” said Mayor Donna Pittman. “Since becoming a Tree City USA in 2009, we have planted nearly 200 trees locally around city hall, the library, police department, Hugo Arango bridge, parks and in various neighborhoods.”
“The City of Chamblee was happy to take part in the planting,” said Mayor Eric Clarkson. “From a municipal point of view, access to trees, green spaces and parks is very important. Studies have shown it not only promotes greater physical activity and decreases stress, but it also improves the quality of life in our cities by reducing crime rate, attracting businesses and apartments and commercial real estate rent more quickly and have higher occupancy rates.”
“Dunwoody is once again proud to be working with Trees Atlanta to provide and protect the trees and forested land within our city and the surrounding community for the enjoyment and well-being of all,” said Mayor Denis Shortal. “By participating in the partnership-wide efforts, we reinforce our commitment to enriching the parks, greenspace and outdoor amenities which our residents and visitors experience and enjoy on a daily basis.”
“As Brookhaven strengthens its urban forest, we are looking forward to collaborating with our neighbors and taking a regional approach to protecting our tree canopy, which doesn’t stop at city borders,” said Mayor John Ernst.
Trees Atlanta says they hope this will be an ongoing partnership and appreciate the city leaders’ commitment to greenspace in their communities.