Create a sense of place with mature vegetation, aid in mitigation of heat island effect and preserve habitat and natural landscape.
Locate project on a previously developed site. If previously developed site has existing mature trees, the project design must also comply with the Design Around Trees Criteria to attain this point.
Preserve a specimen tree, showcase the tree in the site design, and provide signage describing the tree. To qualify, assess the tree size based on the American Forests’ Champion Tree rating scale. The tree should attain at least 75% of the points of the state champion tree of that species.
Preserve and register a culturally-significant tree in the state’s Urban Forestry Council’s “Landmark and Historic Tree” program or equivalent local program. Showcase the tree in the site design and provide signage.
Tree root zones (area extending in all directions from trunk) must be protected with a physical barrier and no soil from clearing, grading or construction activity should be placed on top of any root zone for trees that are designated for preservation. Trees must be fenced around the drip line throughout the construction process. Fences must be made of wood using 2x2 lumber and firmly set.
- Tree survey which clearly indicates the size, species and cultural significance of trees as outlined in the tree preservation organizations.
- Construction documents including a Tree Preservation Plan. This plan should include tree protection details. This plan may be part of the grading plans.
- Supporting documentation from a relevant tree preservation organization (American Forest, Georgia Urban Forestry Council, etc.) that indicates program participation.
- Inspection by an ECC Technical Advisor.