The John Ripley Forbes Big Trees Forest Preserve in Sandy Springs has taken a step toward the expansion of its board of directors.

Sam Hale, who has lived in Sandy Springs since 1959, has joined the board. He is a graduate of North Springs High School, and he and wife Sue raised four children here.

Hale is on the board of the Spalding Woods Neighborhood Association and has led the PTAs at Sandy Springs Middle School and North Springs.

His appointment was announced by Charles Roberts, who is stepping down as Big Trees’ president but is staying on the board. In response to Roberts’ move, the preserve needs new funding and more board members.