Tree honors for Joiner; chance to add winter pruning knowledge, new trees, shrubs to landscape


GUFC President India Woodson, Jefferson Mayor Jim Joiner and Georgia Forestry Commission’s Gary White at the GUFC’s annual Conference Awards Luncheon held Oct. 25.

Annually, as part of its mission to sustain Georgia’s green legacy by helping communities grow healthy trees, the Georgia Urban Forest Council rewards individuals, organizations, businesses, municipalities and counties for outstanding work in protecting and enhancing our community forests.

Grand award recipients of this year’s Georgia Urban Forestry Awards were recognized at GUFC’s annual Conference Awards Luncheon on Oct. 25 at the Del’avant Center in LaGrange.

Jefferson Mayor Jim Joiner received the Outstanding Elected Official Grand Award for his contributions to the urban forest in Jefferson.

Prepare for winter pruning with free professional workshop

 With cold weather approaching, now is the time to prepare for pruning your trees and shrubs. Local experts are collaborating for a must-attend, free workshop to demonstrate the tools and techniques in pruning that will help homeowners avoid damaging, or even potentially killing, their plants and trees. Residents will be able to put this practical knowledge right to work and extend the life of valuable foliage around their homes.

Pruning 101 for Homeowners will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Jefferson Civic Center, located at 65 Kissam St.. Refreshments will be provided.

This workshop is offered by the Jefferson Heritage Tree Council and the UGA Cooperative Extension Office of Jackson County. An exceptional panel of experts will cover the proper pruning and care of trees, crape myrtles, roses, shrubs and fruit trees and berries, show the basic tools needed and field questions from attendees.

Instructors include Connie Head, Jefferson’s community forester; Sam Ingram, Agricultural & Natural Resources Agent with the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service in Jackson County; Master Gardener Michel Hollenback Bowers; and Jefferson City Arborist Susan Russell.

For additional information, or to register for this important workshop, call Susan Russell at 708-201-7893, or reserve your seat by e-mail at

Order trees now for planting season


Late fall is the ideal time to plant trees. As trees move into seasonal dormancy with cold weather, planting during the late autumn and winter months decreases the risk of damage to the trees’ roots.


The Jefferson Heritage Tree Council and the UGA Cooperative Extension Service of Jackson County are partnering to offer great trees at great prices. The two organizations are taking orders for shade trees until Wednesday, Nov. 14.


Residents will be able to select from 25 different species available in 1-gallon and 3-gallon containers. Prices range from $7 to $25. Orders must be pre-paid, and will be accepted through Nov. 14.


Order forms and payment can be received at any of these three locations:


– Jefferson City Water Department, downstairs, 147 Athens St., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.


– Crawford W. Long Museum, College Street, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.


– Jackson County Cooperative Extension, 102 Cloverleaf Circle, from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.


To obtain an order form by email, contact Jefferson City Arborist Susan Russell at 706- 201-7893, or at e-mail