Guest Editorial: Albany's treasured trees

Guest Editorial: Albany's treasured trees

By Judy Bowles, Keep Albany - Dougherty Beautiful

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The storms of January 2017 took their toll on our community, leaving many in Albany feeling uprooted and displaced by the destruction to their homes and properties. The damage was unlike anything we have experienced.

Many things can be replaced quickly, but  some things take time. Like the thousands of trees that once defined our neighborhoods, now piled up around our city.

As a Tree City USA community for 28 years, Albany's Tree Canopy has been forever changed.  The simplest way to get back part of the beautiful landscape we lost starts with replanting trees.

Trees not only visually enhance our community but, they are vitally important to our health and the environment.

That's why we established Grow Albany, to replant the beloved trees we lost in these tragic storms. To even attempt to recreate what Albany once looked like, it will take many years and a community willing to be involved.

Through the work of volunteers and partnerships with Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful, Dougherty County and the City of Albany, Grow Albany will plant and distribute trees to our public parks, businesses and homes through a multi-year initiative.

When the massive debris removal process is complete, Grow Albany will dive in with fall plantings. Our partners, Phoebe and SB&T, invite your involvement and contributions to help plant a tree in Albany.

Visit to give a special gift in honor or memory of a loved one or to commemorate a special event.

A perfect gift idea for Mother's Day.

I invite you to Grow Albany with us!

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