Volunteers plant Sassafrass along the Atlanta Beltline.

Volunteers plant Sassafrass along the Atlanta Beltline. Credit: Trees Atlanta

About the South Peachtree Creek and Veterans Hospital ReLeaf Project:

The focus of this project is a two-acre stream bank along the portion of South Peachtree Creek that runs adjacent to the Atlanta Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center located in Dekalb County, Ga. In late 2013, Trees Atlanta began working with the operations staff at the medical center to plan tree planting initiatives on the campus. In the months since, the VA operations team is taking on a massive invasive removal project along the creek. They also added a staircase and viewing pavilion, allowing patients and guests access to this space.

ReLeaf Location:

Atlanta, Ga.

Key ReLeaf Activities:

  • Planting 2,700 seedlings and 75 15-gallon trees on the restoration site, as well as 900 live stakes along the stream bank as part of erosion control measures
  • Repairing two drainage outfalls that have eroded drastically because of stormwater runoff from an adjacent parking lot
  • Installing a 1,000-foot mulch path, which will complement a recently added staircase and deck that invites visitors to enjoy this natural area

Why This ReLeaf Project?

When the area has been recently cleared, it is the best time to treat the remaining stumps and invasive plants with herbicide and replant the area with native trees, shrubs and perennials. With the assistance of several partners, Trees Atlanta is continuing this restoration project by adding back native plantings, repairing two significantly eroded drainage outfalls and adding a mulch path to allow visitors to access the area. These activities are stabilizing the stream bank, controlling erosion, restoring wildlife habitat and providing controlled access to the area.