Kim Storbeck, Lullwater Conservation Garden Club Capital Campaign Committee Chairperson, announces, “The Lullwater Garden in Druid Hills, Atlanta, Georgia will be inducted officially as a "Dedicated Forest" into the Old Growth Forest Network on April 25, 2017 at EcoAddendum's Discovering Atlanta's Original Forest event, featuring Joan Maloof, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in the Emory University White Hall Auditorium, Room 208.”

“Join us in hosting Joan Maloof, author and founder of the Old Growth Forest Network, who shares fascinating details about the rich, interconnected biodiversity of old-growth forests, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Maria Saporta, where environmental leaders of Atlanta discuss the community value of Atlanta’s forest and how to sustain it for the future. The evening concludes with Joan Maloof recognizing the special quality of several Atlanta-area forests by inducting them into the Old Growth Forest Network.” shares Kathryn Kolb, Director, Eco-Addendum, Master Naturalist.

“A unique classification, the criteria for old-growth or original forest certification is trees that are 150-200 years old or older, uneven-aged trees, unusually high diversity of tree species, and native plant communities, especially ‘indicator’ species whose seeds never travel far from the mother plant -- such as Trillium, Bloodroot, Hepatica, and the Wild Gingers. Lullwater Conservation Garden has all four characteristics.” 

According to Jennifer Richardson, President, Lullwater Conservation Garden Club, “While there are 12-15 old growth forests in the greater Atlanta area,  it is significant that four of them are basically located in and around the Druid Hills neighborhood: Fernbank Forest, Deepdene Park, Frazer Forest, the Lullwater Conservation Garden and Johnson-Taylor Park.  In fact, Fernbank, Deepdene and the Lullwater Conservation Garden are likely part of the same Old Growth Forest.  We believe the Lullwater Conservation Garden has remained untouched because of several factors:  the land was not suitable for farming, it was protected by Frederick Olmsted and later it became part of a protected historic neighborhood.”

Atlanta Commissioner of Planning and Community Development, Tim Keane, will give remarks, and an panel of regional experts will discuss Atlanta's Urban Forest, moderated by Maria Saporta Editor, Saporta Report.  Participating panelists will include:

·       Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, City of Atlanta Chief Resiliency Officer

·       Jacqueline Echols, PhD, President, South River Watershed Alliance

·       Darryl Haddock, Director of Education, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance

·       Professor John Wegner, Department of Environmental Sciences, Emory University, former Campus Environmental Officer

Admission is free.  During the event, Joan Maloof will share her engaging perspective on the global dialogue on forest value. She will also be signing books To learn more about the event visit the Eco Addendum Organization:

About The Lullwater Conservation Garden: The Lullwater Garden Club was founded on June 28, 1928 by a group of young women in the Druid Hills neighborhood.  The Lullwater Conservation Garden is a six and one-half acre tract of land, which has been maintained by the Lullwater Garden Cub since 1931.  Today, a rustic stone entrance welcomes visitors to enjoy our bird sanctuary, wildflower refuge, memorial garden, stone benches, and natural paths.  The Garden is a serene "green belt" bordering a busy city.  Open to the public, it is an all-encompassing project that involves all facets of garden work.

 About Eco Addendum:  Eco-A’s mission is to raise awareness about Georgia’s rich natural environment, and through education, to reconnect people with the natural world. Our programs seek to restore health and well being to people and communities as well as the trees, plants and native ecosystems of Atlanta and the Southeast.  To learn more visit:

About the Old Growth Forrest Network:  Joan Maloof, Professor Emeritus at Salisbury University, founded the Old-Growth Forest Network in 2007 to preserve, protect and promote the country's few remaining stands of old-growth forest. The preservation of unique and beautiful tracts of land as National Parks is often called America’s Best Idea. Now it is our turn to ensure that future generations can experience native forests in their mature diversity and complexity, in the communities where they are still found throughout the US. To learn more visit: