Volunteer Spotlight, Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Two Volunteers from Atlanta Botanical Gardens remove Hurricane Michael debris from a Torreya tree

Atlanta Botanical Garden Volunteers

Torreya State Park

The Department of Conservation and Research at the Atlanta Botanical Garden organized 43 volunteers coming from four different states between January 20 and February 9, 2019 to assess the immediate damage to the endangered Torreya taxifolia population following Hurricane Michael.

Logging a total of 886 volunteer hours they were able to survey 288 Torreya trees across Torreya State Park. Of the 288 trees, only 18% were dead or missing with only 35 trees having died as a direct result from Hurricane Michael debris. Their hard work also helped to save 73 live Torreya tees from hurricane debris with all expected to recover.

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