Marietta Tree Keepers
Mission Statement - To improve the livability and quality of life for present and future citizens of Marietta through tree and companion planting, education and environmentally sound planning.
Important Announcements/Upcoming Events:
Marietta Tree Keepers invites you to attend our next Sip n’ Stroll.
The event features a special neighborhood tour with tree experts, identifying common opportunities and issues relating to trees. It’s free and open to the public ... and it’s BYOB. For this Sip n’ Stroll, we will stroll thru Blair Valley Neighborhood in Marietta.
Certified arborists will lead the tour of the neighborhood, pointing out the many treasures and challenges that exist among our valuable stock of trees. The experts will offer practical advice as too how we can extend the life of our mature trees and how we can plan for their eventual replacement. The experts will discuss overhead utilities, proper pruning, protecting root systems and selecting the right specimen for the right location.
Visitors are welcome to bring their own evening refreshments and MTK will provide water and light snacks. The event will only be cancelled if it is raining heavy or lightning.
You can park in the gated community at or near 203 Blair Valley Dr. Blair Valley is a gated community but will be open for visitors during the event. Enter from the entrance off Cherokee Street.
Members of the Marietta Tree Keepers have been promoting the value of trees to the community since it was founded in 2002. MTK has over 100 members and has planted over 10,000 trees around the city. The 501(C)3 non-profit organization works closely with the City of Marietta to plant trees along public right-of-ways, parks and schools. Those wishing to become a member or make a donation can learn more by visiting MTK’s website at www.mariettaga.gov/committees/treekeepers. For more information, please call 770.424.4664.
- Linda Spears, Chairperson
- Shelley House- Vice Chairperson
- Jim Morris, Secretary
- Holly Walquist, Treasurer
- Alex Ballard
- Christie Bryant
- Joe Burgess
- Jim Gross
- Laing Heidt
- Chet Ladd
- Michael 'Pic' Petelle
City of Marietta Staff Liaisons
- Bill Bruton
- Rich Buss
- Shelby Little
- Rich Deckman
- Maggi Moss
Who We Are
Marietta Tree Keepers is a 501(c)(3)non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to planting, preserving and protecting trees in and around the city of Marietta, Georgia. Marietta is a city rich in history, yet challenged by tremendous growth.
We work very closely with our city government. We were established in March of 2002. The organization grew out of a need identified by a local citizens group named IMPACT: Involved Mariettans Planning Actively for the City of Tomorrow. The organization has raised $42,000 in grants, over $29,000 in memberships and donations and planted over 15000 trees. The organization has 9 directors, 5 City of Marietta staff liaisons and over 250+ volunteers. We have planted trees in over 50 locations within the city. This planting season celebrates our 17th season of planting trees in the City of Marietta.
Our main strategy is to educate the public about trees; their selection, planting, watering and maintenance. We help them to understand the importance of our abundant great trees, which we are fortunate to have in this 180 year old community. Where once these trees were cleared for farming, now they are once again threatened by development and road construction. We emphasize the many benefits that trees have for our community such as: reducing air and noise pollution, cooling the air, conserving energy and helping to manage our precious water resources, reducing soil erosion, enhancing wildlife habitat and greenspace, not to mention raising property values.
WSB-TV awarded Marietta Tree Keepers a “Going Green Champion” for its work to make sure future generations enjoy the city’s trees.
City of Marietta Tree Ordinance
The purpose of the ordinance (PDF) is to facilitate the preservation and/or replacement of trees as part of the land development process within the municipal boundaries of the city of Marietta.