Located less than a mile from downtown Atlanta and founded in 1850, Oakland Cemetery was named for the forest oaks that dominated the original six acres. Today, this 48-acre oasis of history, sculpture, gardens, and wildlife is one of the largest public parks in the city and boasts an annual visitation of 55,000.
The trees at Oakland provide the foundation for the natural beauty and tranquility that make it so special. They offer countless additional benefits that extend to the community beyond Oakland’s walls including shade, cooler temperatures, clean air, and habitat for wildlife and pollinators.
Since 1982, Oakland has experienced at 50% reduction in its tree canopy due to drought, environmental stresses, natural disasters, and old age.
Unfortunately, life is tough for a tree in the city. Since 1982, Oakland has experienced at 50% reduction in its tree canopy due to drought, environmental stresses, natural disasters, and old age.
Time is of the essence. While we will continue to plant new trees for future generations and to replace those that are lost, we must PRESERVE and PROTECT the mature tree canopy now. All of Oakland’s trees require regular care with a program that includes pruning, fertilization, and watering. The estimated cost to care for Oakland’s tree canopy is $40,000 per year.
Historic Oakland Foundation’s goal is to raise $25,000 for its Tree Canopy Fund on Georgia Gives Day. YOU can make a difference with your donation today.