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August 31, 2009
Gwinnett Tech Launches Gwinnett Trees Count Site
Online inventory of campus forest is resource for community and students;
Gwinnett Technical College has launched its Gwinnett Trees Count web site, an online inventory of the college's urban forest campus that will serve as a resource for community residents and GTC students alike.
Gwinnett Trees Count provides a viewable, online inventory of more than 800 different trees in the maintained areas of the college's 87-acre campus. To access the site, visit www.GwinnettTech.edu/horticulture and click Gwinnett Trees Count.
The college received funding for the project from the Georgia Forestry Commission's (GFC) Urban & Community Forestry Grant Program to develop the campus tree inventory and educational website. The project is part of a statewide effort to enhance Georgia's community forests and build awareness of their positive impact.
On the site, identified trees are viewable against an aerial backdrop of the campus and are searchable by botanical and common name. Faculty, staff, students and community residents using the site and visiting the campus are able to see and touch trees that might be suitable for a particular home or commercial environment.
"We at Gwinnett Tech recognize the countless benefits of our community forests. We're pleased that through the Georgia Forestry Commission's funding, we are able share our campus environmental resources with the community as a whole," says Sharon Bartels, Gwinnett Tech president.
The site will also serve as a teaching tool for students in Gwinnett Tech's horticulture program. GTC offers an associate degree and diploma in Environmental Horticulture, and certificate options in landscape design and horticulture installation.
"The site identifies the type of tree, in addition to statistics about its size and canopy. This information will serve as a guide to growth habit, helping the public to make wise planting choices and increasing the awareness of the value of trees to our community," explains Gail Zorn, Gwinnett Tech's Campus Horticulturist.
In total, more than $300,000 in funding was awarded to 30 projects in Georgia through the GFC's Urban & Community Forestry Grant Program last year. 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.
Gwinnett Tech offers more than 45 program options that can be completed in two years or less. For more information, contact 770-962-7580 or visit www.gwinnetttech.edu.
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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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