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:
“Volunteers Needed to Plant Trees at Leo Frank Site”
Give back to your community and get some good exercise by coming out and joining us for our December Tree Planting. We will be planting trees at the Leo Frank Site in Marietta. The address is: 1157 Roswell Rd. Marietta, Georgia (park along Chert Road which is right next to the site). The date is Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 9:00am. Please RSVP at 770-424-4664 or email@example.com with the number of volunteers that plan to attend, so we are sure to have plenty of work for everyone.
Please join us as we plant trees to reforest our community. Grab a friend or a family member and donate your Saturday morning to help Marietta Tree Keepers put more trees in the ground. Dress for the weather. Tools and gloves included. Donuts, hot chocolate and hot coffee provided. In case of bad weather please call 770-424-4664 for weather updates and rescheduled date. Large groups please contact us with your number of volunteers that will be in attendance.
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.