Savannah Tree Foundation
to preserve, protect and plant canopy trees in Chatham County, Georgia. The Savannah Tree Foundation promotes, through direct action and education, an awareness of trees as vital environmental resources and an important part of our cultural heritage.

Key program areas are:
  • Community volunteer tree plantings
  • Forestkeeper volunteer program, which helps beautify open spaces & public places in Savannah
  • Forest Steward volunteer training program
  • Tree care & maintenance workshops
  • Educational presentations & programming about the value & benefits of trees
  • Public policy work and grassroots advocacy for trees at neighborhood, community, local, state, regional & national levels
  • Stewards of the Candler Oak & other current projects such as developing natural walking trails at Bacon Park Forest for the City of Savannah and installing landscaping projects for Chatham County


The Savannah Tree Foundation accomplishes its mission of preserving, protecting and planting canopy trees through public programming. Our many program areas include:
  • Tree Planting: Our basic mission is to plant more trees to increase both the number of trees and the percentage of tree canopy cover in Chatham County. This is our most basic but vital function – environmental stewardship of trees!
  • CommuniTREES: Applications for small tree plantings between 1 to 10 trees will be considered for our 2011-2012 CommuniTrees Fund grant cycle. Funded by seed money provided by the Trustees Garden Club and reinvigorated by donations from STF’s Holiday Plant a Tree program, you can now apply for trees to be planted on your public site.2011 – 2012 CommuniTrees Fund Guidelines & Application Form
  • Volunteer Programs: We can always use volunteers, whether you come to every volunteer event or just once. We offer onsite training as well as community service hours for volunteers, in addition to perks like T-shirts, refreshments and snacks at all of our hands-on events.
    • Tree plantings and tree maintenance work days occur through our Forest Keeper program.
    • Our Forest Steward program helps trains advanced volunteers who fight for the cause by learning more about sound urban forestry practices, and helping guide other less experienced volunteers in stewardship activities.
    • We always need office assistance and expertise, so if you have time to give or specialized knowledge, we’ll find a way to put it to use through our Root Workers program. There’s something for everyone!
  • Celebrate the Shade: This program area is where we get together to call attention to and, indeed, celebrate canopy trees. Each year we honor Georgia’s Arbor Day in February as well as the fall foliage at our Fall Frolic fundraiser.
  • Current Projects: Our ‘current projects’ are often those which happen on a time-limited basis and involve some earned income projects as well as capstone projects like Bacon Park Forest. Sometimes, these are projects where we offer our advice and expertise to community endeavors like Sustainable Fellwood or in updating municipal tree ordinances. This area also encompasses our grant projects, which tend to be carried out on an annual cycle and focus on a limited area.
  • Stewardship & Sustainability: Savannah Tree Foundation does a lot of behind the scenes work through our advocacy & public policy work at the grassroots level.
  • Candler Oak: Speaking of capstone projects, the Candler Oak best represents our work and is our longest standing commitment to urban forestry. We also help interested individuals and businesses develop conservation easements for specific trees or stands in our area, at no cost, as a way to help ensure trees live long and healthy lives well into maturity.
  • Program Photos: This webpage actively streams the most recent uploads to our Flickr account, which hosts images from our events and captures the most important element of our programs—individuals like you.

Contact Savannah Tree Foundation

Karen B. Jenkins, LEED Green Associate
Executive Director
3025 Bull St.
Savannah, Georgia  31405-2016
Phone: (912) 233-8733
Fax: (912) 233-8799


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Georgia

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