The Redbud Project is a citizen conservation movement to bring awareness to Hall County’s amazingly biodiverse ecosystems of native species plants.
In the fastest growing region of Georgia, our unique ecology is imperiled by unplanned economic development. By clearcutting tree canopy at an estimated 2,600 acres a year for the past 30 years, we lose quality of life and economic benefits.
• Biodiverse tree canopy adds 7 to 25% to total land value
• Urban noise is reduced by 50%
• Energy costs are reduced by 30%
• Air quality is sustained by trees turning carbon dioxide into oxygen
• Access to nature enhances our mental and physical well-being.
To inform the community of the vast collection of native species plants, which were marooned in the banks of the Gainesville Ridges millions of years ago by glaciers and upheaval of the Earth’s tectonic plates, volunteers foster awareness of our environmental legacy.
• Spread the word with “Treasure Trove of Hall County” programs
• Control polluting stormwater run off with rain gardens
• Eradicate invasive plants that inhibit native species from flourishing
Native Plant Awareness
• Rescue native species for public and private landscapes
• Adopt-a-Native Plant grid to evaluate forest ecology
• Replicate the oak-hickory-pine forest in the Ecology Interpretive Center
• Develop educational exhibits and public amenities of Linwood Nature Preserve for Gainesville
Parks and Recreation
• Monitor the two-mile nature trail system in the 30-acre urban forest for leisure recreation and
• Develop a bird sanctuary at Linwood Nature Preserve
The Redbud Project: A Model for Conservation
The Redbud Project
PO Box 907614
Gainesville, GA 30501
In concern for environmental conservation in the community, the Rotary Club of Hall County matched the Community-on-My-Mind grant from the Garden Club of Georgia to the Redbud Project for a model “home-scale” rain garden at Linwood Nature Preserve of Gainesville City Parks and Recreation. With rain gardens in their landscapes, residents can help abate the city’s problem of storm water runoff pollutants going into Lake Lanier.