It’s good to be a tree in Sandy Springs.

The city recently received notice from the Arbor Day Foundation that it is a “Tree City USA” for the third year in a row, according to city spokeswoman Sharon Kraun.

Tree City status means a boost to the city’s public image and preferential consideration for certain types of grant awards, according to the Arbor Day Foundation website.

On Feb. 17 the city will celebrate Arbor Day by planting four Princeton Elms, two Swamp White Oaks and two Tulip Poplar trees.

The ceremonial planting will begin at 11 a.m. The ceremony will take place at the corner of Sandy Springs Circle and Cliftwood Drive, across from the LeFont Theater.

“These trees will serve as a reminder that our actions today impact generations to come,” said Sandy Springs Mayor Eva Galambos said in a press release. “Trees work hard for us providing shade, habitat and fresh oxygen.”

Sandy Springs has other parks and trails, including John Ripley Forbes Big Tree Forest Preserve, Morgan Falls Overlook Park, Ridgeview Park and the Chattahoochee River National Recreation area.

Dan Whisenhunt

Dan Whisenhunt wrote for Reporter Newspapers from 2011 - 2014. He is the founder and editor of