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August 15, 2008
Gwinnett Tech Launches Gwinnett Trees Count
GTC Receives Urban Forestry Grant to Develop Educational & Community Resource Guide
Gwinnett Technical College has launched Gwinnett Trees Count, an on-campus urban forestry project supported by the Georgia Forestry Commission's (GFC) Urban & Community Forestry Grant Program.
The college has received funding from the GFC grant program to develop a campus tree inventory and educational website, with the resources available to the community and faculty, staff and students. The project is part of a statewide effort to enhance Georgia's community forests and build awareness of their positive impact.
"We at Gwinnett Tech recognize the countless benefits of our community forests. We're pleased that through the Georgia Forestry Commission's funding, we'll be able to share our campus environmental resources with the community as a whole," says Sharon Bartels, Gwinnett Tech president.
Through Gwinnett Trees Count, Gwinnett Tech's grounds department will now inventory over 900 trees in the maintained areas of the college's 87-acre campus, making the inventory available to the community through an interactive website.
"The information will identity the type of tree, which trees are suitable to a particular landscape, serve as a guide to growth patterns, and make the public more aware of the value of trees to our community," explains Gail Zorn, Gwinnett Tech's Campus Horticulturist.
The resources created through Gwinnett Trees Count will also be used by faculty, staff and students in Gwinnett Tech's Horticulture program. GTC offers an associate degree and diploma in Environmental Horticulture, and certificate options in landscape design, horticulture installation, site planning, and other specialties.
"The Georgia Forestry Commission is pleased to provide funding for capacity-building programs such as this one that help increase tree cover," GFC Director Robert Farris said. "We are proud to kickoff this project in partnership with our congressional and state legislative leadership."
In total, more than $300,000 in funding was awarded to 30 projects in Georgia through the GFC's Urban & Community Forestry Grant Program. Gwinnett Tech received $8,855 in funding. Further information about urban forestry grants and a statewide list of grants is available on the Georgia Forestry Commission Web site at www.gatrees.org.
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Gwinnett Technical College, one of Georgia's largest technical colleges, is committed to delivering relevant knowledge to meet the workforce training needs of the region it serves. The college offers more than 50 associate degree, diploma and certificate programs and hundreds of seminars, workshops and courses providing specialized training. Gwinnett Tech's service area includes Gwinnett and North Fulton counties. Gwinnett Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Gwinnett Technical College. In addition, some college programs hold separate licensure or accreditation status with appropriate agencies. For more information, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu.
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