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Learn how you can get involved with Golden Isles Fund For Trees (GIFT)



Our ​mission​​ is to provide for the preservation and improvement of the tree canopy in Glynn County through the planting and replacement of trees, education and advocacy.

Our vision is to unite residents, property owners, the business community, local governments and environmental professionals to advance our mission.          

Tree Plantings need consistent watering and nurturing in year one, or they'll fail.  GIFT's biggest challenge is lining up aftercare for new trees. GIFT learned that the County intended to plant new Live Oaks in Gascoigne Park during the 2019 planting season and offered a grant to the County in the amount of $4000 to cover the cost of the trees. The 25 Live Oaks were planted in March and will be watered and maintained by County Staff.

Our grant allowed funds originally allocated to the cost of trees to be allocated to the tree maintenance budget. A huge win-win for all!

In Celebration of Georgia Arbor Week, GIFT and Coastal Greenery visited 2 elementary schools.  This year's schools were St Simons Elementary and Burroughs-Molette Elementary.The students listened to a reading of "The Lorax" and board members assisted students in tree related activities. Then GIFT Board members, along with Jeffrey Johns  and Coastal Greenery staff, helped each student plant a tree seedling to take home. During these activities the kids learn about trees, ask lots of questions  and learn how to take care of their tree.


To learn about the trees that "witnessed" our history    CLICK HERE 

 GIFT Georgia Arbor Week Seminar

Golden Isles Fund for Trees (GIFT) recently hosted tree preservationist William DeVos for its annual Georgia Arbor Day lecture.  Mr.DeVos educated and entertained eighty participants with his presentation “Tree Care Concepts – Ordinary to Extraordinary” featuring unique measures taken to retain and protect specimen trees throughout the world.  Georgia Arbor Day is celebrated in February to recognize the perfect time for planting trees in our southern climate.  The event was co-sponsored by the Marshes of Glynn Libraries.  

Pictured with Mr. DeVos are GIFT Board members (left to right) -GIFT Board members Miriam Lancaster, Sandy Turbidy, William DeVos, GIFT Board members Dottie Fielder and Chris Curry.

 GIFT Awards Grant to Glynn County for Gascoigne Park Tree Planting   

 Gift Celebrates Georgia Arbor Week With 3rd Grade Classes