Grow Albany works to replant trees lost in storm

Albany, Ga. – In an effort to replace trees lost in the storm of January 2, 2017, organizations in Albany have founded the Grow Albany initiative. Through the work of volunteers and partnerships with Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful, Dougherty County and the City of Albany, Grow Albany will plant and distribute trees to our public parks, businesses and homes through a multi-year, multi-phase initiative.

“Our community experienced a great tragedy. It wasn’t just a loss to property and landscape; it was a loss of identity. Our trees are at the center of how we identify with Albany. Through this storm we have seen our faith and spirit of community revitalized. It’s that spirit and commitment to Albany and our neighbors that we need to continue to grow as we step forward to rebuild together,” said Bárbara Rivera Holmes, President and CEO of the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce.

“We have received a ton of calls about starting to raise money to replant the trees we lost. Instead of several different efforts that could do minor improvements we thought it would be great to put the full weight and commitment of businesses, residents and volunteers together,” said Judy Bowles, Executive Director of Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful.

To begin the replanting process, Grow Albany is accepting donations, sponsors and volunteers. To help donate a tree to a neighbor or friend whose property was affected by the storm, or to become a sponsor or volunteer, contact Judy Bowles with Keep Albany Dougherty Beautiful at 229-430-5257 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit the Grow Albany Facebook page for more information.