Your Neighborhood Forest

The Frazer Center, nestled within 39 acres of old growth forest, is in the midst of a 3-year forest restoration project with Trees Atlanta, a nationally-recognized nonprofit that protects and improves Atlanta’s urban forest by planting, conserving, and educating. Frazer Center Executive Director Paige McKay Kubik says, “Frazer Center’s expertise is inclusion for people with disabilities, not forestry. That’s why we’re so thrilled to partner with Trees Atlanta to build a plan and a cadre of volunteers to preserve the wonderful Frazer Forest.”

During quarterly work days, the Trees Atlanta staff gathers with the Friends of Frazer Forest volunteer group, training the volunteers to identify for removal any trees that pose a safety risk, as well as invasive plants that are harmful to the ecosystem. Trees Atlanta staff also visit the forest between these quarterly workdays. Posts are set up in various places throughout the forest so growth can be photographically monitored.

The Frazer Center depends on such community partnerships since the Frazer Forest receives no city or county funding for maintenance. Corporate volunteer groups play a crucial role in the maintenance of the forest as well. Ernst & Young, Deloitte, and Turner have graciously sent employees to help with projects such as mulching and planting. Community organizations like United Way of Greater Atlanta Young Professional Leaders, United Way LINC, Jack & Jill, and the Decatur City Church have lent helping hands as well.

Atlanta’s urban tree canopy remains the largest in the country among cities that have conducted urban tree canopy assessments. Tree canopies are vital to urban areas, not only for the shade they provide, but for reducing air pollution and stormwater runoff, and for providing food and habitats for wildlife and pollinators. And now even science is validating what those who spend time in nature already know—a walk in the woods is good medicine (see “Shinrin-yoku” or “forest bathing.”)

Frazer Forest is open to the public from sun-up to sundown, as long as there is not an event happening on the grounds, in which case, closed signs are posted at each trailhead. Leashed dogs are most welcome. If you would like to have a closer relationship with your neighborhood forest, please consider joining the Friends of Frazer Forest. The next Trees Atlanta work day in Frazer Forest is on January 27, 2018. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP.

EY employee and Frazer Center board member Courtney Adler and son