Lynda Beam, Suzie Williams, and Page Hungerpillar begin meeting every Monday to discuss environmental issues. Initially dubbed the “Monday Morning Mothers of the Earth,” this group would soon evolve into the Savannah Tree Foundation.
Savannah Tree Foundation achieves first advocacy victory by protecting many significant live oaks in the median of historic White Bluff Road during the road widening project.
Savannah Tree Foundation secured the first and only conservation easement for a single tree in the United States, agreeing to provide maintenance for the Candler Oak in perpetuity.
STF presents the first “State of the Trees” report to the community and elected officials. Based on surveys of key stakeholders, the report identified the need to recognize trees as an integral part of the community infrastructure.
STF successfully advocates for the special designation of Bacon Park Forest, an exceptional 32-acre wooded area off Skidaway Road, as a passive park. These efforts save the maritime forest from redevelopment as a soccer complex.
STF becomes the first organization in the nation to use satellite imagery to document canopy changes in an urban area, earning the National Arbor Day Foundation Project Award.
STF works with Chatham County’s Emergency Management Agency to develop an urban forest component of the emergency management plan, a partnership which later served as a model for the USDA Forest Service
STF plants its 2,000th tree, including over 20 species of trees across 23 sites in Chatham County.
Funded by International Paper, STF publishes and distributes “A Guide for Planting & Caring for Trees in Coastal Georgia” to help property owners understand best practices in tree care.
STF publishes the 2014 Chatham County Canopy Assessment, identifying 5 areas of impact to help grow our tree canopy: environmental equity, public health, water resources, parking lots, and schools.
STF starts a program to plant trees in all nine Chatham municipalities on Georgia Arbor Day to engage advocates across the County.
STF reveals a new logo and updated mission statement. The new brand highlights the community-wide impacts of Chatham County’s urban forest and represents the interconnected nature of our work, our trees, and our future.
Mark & Patt Suwyn
Sonny & Dale Thorpe
Dale & Lila Critz
Eleanor Rhangos & Dan Bromstad
Kim Bockius-Suwyn & Dan Suwyn
H. Mitchell & Polly Dunn
Steve & Carter Eagle
J.C. Lewis Foundation
Angus & Leslie Littlejohn
Bell-Barnett Family Fund
Barbara & Charlie Cortese
Jeffrey & Bonnie Gentes
Karen Black Jenkins
John G. Kennedy Foundation
Chris & Nita Ann Klein
David & Gail Knopf
Seeds and Weeds Garden Club
Cathy and Philip Solomons
The Tornroos Family
Deborah & Asa Davis
Elizabeth Dubose & Mark Frissell
Reed & Meredith Dulany
Gregory & Ana Freiwald
Samuel & Kim Murray
Anna & Wiley Wasden