Fun Tree Facts25 Fun Facts for Gainesville’s 25th Year of being a Tree City USA
- Arbor Day was started in 1872.
- Arbor Day stresses the importance of the value of trees and proposed that a special day be set aside for tree planting.
- Tree City is being a city that provides direction, assistance, attention and recognition for urban forestry programs.
- Gainesville has been a Tree City USA for 25 years and has received the Growth Award for 21 years.
- First Arbor Day tree planting was in Wilshire Trails.
- Mayor of Gainesville in 1987 was W. Ernest Moore Jr. and Hall County Commission Chair was Jerry Nix.
- Chamber Chair in 1987 was J. Carlyle Cox.
- Council Member Sissy Lawson was the first person to apply to the Arbor Day Foundation about being a Tree City USA.
- Gainesville is one of only 7 other cities in Georgia with at least 25 years as a Tree City.
- The Georgia State Tree is the Live Oak.
- Friends of Gainesville Parks & Greenways has an honorarium project where you can give the gift of a tree or a park bench.
- Hall County Master Gardener program started in 1997 with 10 adults and now it has over 160 adults involved.
- The Junior Master Gardener program started in 2008 with 30 children in 3 schools andnow has over 300 children in 13 schools.
- The Hall County Master Gardeners main fundraisers are the Fall and Spring Garden Expos (April 6 – 7, 2012) and the Garden Walk Tour.
- The tree replacement fund grant money comes from the profits of Keep Hall Beautiful’s Spring Chicken Festival.
- Keep Hall Beautiful started in the 1980’s as the Hall Clean Council.
- Since the first Spring Chicken Festival in 2004, 278 trees have been planted from the festival proceeds.
- Smithgall Woodland Gardens, which is a 168 acre satellite garden in North Gainesville that is run by the Atlanta Botanical Garden, is expected to open to the public in Spring/Summer 2013.
- There is 118,000 acres of tree canopy in Gainesville/Hall County today. Hall County has total 275,840 acres in all.
- Trees are a renewable resource bringing in $27.2 billion to Georgia’s economy and 118,423 jobs.
- Seven City of Gainesville employees are ISA-Certified Arborists.
- Two mature trees can provide enough oxygen for a family of four.
- Trees are the longest living organism on earth.
- Recycling one ton of paper saves one acre of trees.
- The tallest tree in the world is a redwood in California which is 360 feet tall.