Georgia Urban Forest Council Awards Agnes Scott College

Friday, November 6, 2015


On November 5, Elizabeth Wilson, associate vice president for development at Agnes Scott College, accepted a special award from the Georgia Urban Forest Council for the college’s tree inventory program in collaboration with the U.S. Forestry service.

The Georgia Urban Forest Council (GUFC), a nonprofit organization with the mission of sustaining Georgia’s green legacy by helping communities grow healthy trees, presented its 2015 Excellence in Urban Forestry Awards Program at the Hilton Savannah Desoto in Savannah, Georgia. This annual awards program rewards individuals and organizations for outstanding work in protecting and enhancing our community forests. One Grand Award was given to each of the following categories:  Civic Organization, Education, Greenspace, Community, New Initiative, Streetscape Revitalization, Student, Individual Achievement, and Judges’ Choice. ­­­­­­­­­­Each award recipient received a framed print of the Savannah “Candler Oak,” from an original pen and ink drawing by artist Barry Nehr, commissioned for GUFC.  

Agnes Scott College received the Outstanding Education Grand Award for its Urban Forest Sustainability and Management Audit and Arboretum.  

“The work of Agnes Scott’s Arboretum Advisory Committee in evaluating the management of its campus trees is a model for other colleges in the care of their urban forests,” said Mary Lynne Beckley, executive director of the Georgia Urban Forest Council. “With this project, they are not only maintaining and improving the health of their trees today, but are creating a vision for the future.”

“We are so pleased to be recognized as a leader in the urban forestry community. Agnes Scott has always taken pride in our beautiful campus, but this award is a reflection of our commitment to the continued health of our arboretum. The Arboretum Advisory Committee's Comprehensive Urban Campus Tree Inventory and Management Program is a framework that we hope other institutions around the country will imitate,” said Wilson. 

The Georgia Urban Forest Council was founded in 1988 by a group of individuals who recognized the need for an organization to address urban forestry issues in Georgia.  Today, GUFC brings educational programs, leadership and resources in maintaining healthy trees to our towns and cities around the state.  For more information on the Georgia Urban Forest Council and its 2015 Awards Program, please call 404-377-0404 or visit            

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.