Oxford Tree Board gets grant

OXFORD - The Oxford Tree Board has taken on plenty of work in its mission to keep the city green, and with a recent monetary award, it will have the resources to continue that mission.

On Monday, the Georgia Forestry Commission awarded the city of Oxford materials for its award of the 2008 Urban and Community Forestry Grant.

The grant is worth more than $8,000 and will help cover a $17,000 project that Oxford's Parks, Trees and Recreation Board has planned for the year. The city and the board will help cover the other costs.

The project will provide materials and cover costs to residents, city officials and workers to become more educated on trees and Oxford's tree canopy. Oxford has been designated a Tree City USA since 1998.

Tree Board Chairwoman Eve Mullen said the board plans to hold development sessions, three community-wide public tree care workshops, coordinate a regional community forestry roundtable and assist the community in developing a tree planting program for Oxford homeowners with the funding.

"We highly value our tree canopy and want to preserve it for future generations by not only maintaining what we have, but planting new trees as well," she said.

She said she hopes Oxford residents, city workers, those on the Oxford College campus and others will participate in the project in some way. Mullen said it is slated to begin sometime in the fall and last into the summer of 2009, so anyone interested has several chances to get involved.

"It's flexible and makes it more convenient," she said.

More information about the sessions and the tree board is available by e-mailing Mullen at emullen@emory.edu or calling City Hall.

The tree board, made up of eight Oxford residents, also is maintaining the newly finished George Street Park and beginning the development of a pocket park on Bonnell Street. With the help of city workers, the board members also tend to needy trees and look for areas around the city that need greenery.

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.