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March meeting-(note 3rd Tuesday of the month)
March 15, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Please join us for a special presentation by Eli Dickerson,Ecologist with the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.
After obtaining a degree in Biology in 2003 from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, Eli moved to Southern California to pursue a career in environmental education. For two years he led outdoor education programming with a focus on ecological restoration in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, where his passion for native plants was sparked. Subsequently, he moved to Atlanta, GA where he has lived for the past decade. His experience in Atlanta includes providing environmental education programming for students and the public, along with leading volunteer and service learning initiatives across the city’s greenspaces. He became keenly interested in trees in 2010 when he took over management of the Trees Atlanta Champion Tree Program and joined the Native Tree Society. He’s measured thousands of trees in metro-Atlanta and nominated approximately 300 champion trees. Eli’s newest role as ecologist at Fernbank Museum of Natural History incorporates forest research, forest restoration, and environmental education. He’s also a member of the inaugural class of Big Tree Measurers with American Forests. He has a passion for nature and native species, and loves to share this passion with the public.
“Champion Trees and Hidden Greenspaces”- Did you know that Atlanta is home to the tallest winged elm and tallest dogwood tree in North America? Did you know that the largest white ash in Georgia lives in a city of Atlanta park? Learn more about our “city in a forest” and why your urban canopy is so special. This talk will focus on lesser known Atlanta greenspaces, along with the search (and discovery) of superlative trees including champions and record holding trees that are hiding in plain sight across Atlanta.