SAVANNAH, Ga. – Historic Savannah Foundation, a leading preservation organization committed to preserving and protecting Savannah’s heritage, recently donated $33,000 to the City of Savannah’s Park and Tree Department for tree planting.
The donation came from Historic Savannah Foundation’s Landmark District Tree Fund. Founded in 1999, the Tree Fund has helped plant more than 400 new trees throughout Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District including Live Oak, Southern Magnolia, Bosque Elm, Red Maple and Tulip Poplar.
“This is an important way for us to give back to the City of Savannah and fulfill our mission of protecting our heritage — in this case the tradition of an impressive tree canopy,” said Daniel Carey, president and CEO of Historic Savannah Foundation. “These new trees not only beautify Savannah, but they maintain the legacy of General Oglethorpe’s plan.”
The Landmark District Tree Fund is a joint effort between the City of Savannah, Historic Savannah Foundation, The Beehive Foundation and local citizens to fund ongoing planting of canopy trees throughout Savannah’s National Historic Landmark District. The initial goal was to make up the deficit of canopy trees lost over time, which was accomplished by planting 100 new trees a year for three years. Since then, the goal has been to plant canopy trees on an annual basis at a one-to-one ratio of trees lost to trees planted.
Local organizations including the Downtown Business Association, the Downtown Garden Club, Junior League of Savannah, Parker’s and the Downtown Neighborhood Association have all been major supporters since the fund’s creation.
ABOUT HISTORIC SAVANNAH FOUNDATION:
HistoricSavannahFoundation is a non-profit historic preservation organization supported by a strong and dedicated membership. HSF was established in 1955 in order to save the 1820 Isaiah Davenport House from demolition. From this initial project, Historic Savannah Foundation launched a Revolving Fund which has since saved 350+ buildings. The mission of Historic Savannah Foundation is to preserve and protect Savannah’s heritage through advocacy, education and community involvement. For more information, visit www.myHSF.org or www.DavenportHouseMuseum.org.