Marietta Tree Keepers

Board Members


  • Michael Petelle, Chairperson
  • Shelley House, Vice Chairperson
  • Holly Walquist, Treasurer
  • Ross Brewer, Secretary
  • Laing Heidt
  • Nicole House
  • Chet Ladd
  • Stephanie Steele
  • Jim Morris
  • Susan Pleak

At-Large Board Members


  • Joe Burgess

City of Marietta Staff Liaisons


  • Bill Bruton
  • Rich Buss
  • Tim Dixon
  • Joan Ellars
  • Shelby Little
  • Rich Deckman

Who We Are


Marietta Tree Keepers is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to planting, preserving and protecting trees in and around the city of Marietta, Ga. Marietta is a city rich in history, yet challenged by tremendous growth.

We were established in 2002 by City Councilman Johnny Sinclair and work very closely with the city government. The organization grew out of a need identified by a local citizens group named Involved Mariettans Planning Actively for the City of Tomorrow (IMPACT). In its first year, the organization raised $20,000 in grants, more than $5,000 in memberships and donations and planted more than 120 trees. The organization has one paid staff member, 17 directors, 10 city of Marietta staff liaisons and more than 125 volunteers. We have planted trees in more than 13 locations within the city and have vigorous future plans.

Our main strategy is to educate the public about trees including their selection, planting and maintenance. We help them understand the importance of trees, which we are fortunate to have in this 180-year-old community. Where once these trees were cleared for farming, now they are once again threatened by development and road construction. We emphasize the benefits that trees have for our community including reducing air and noise pollution, cooling the air, conserving energy and water, reducing soil erosion, enhancing wildlife habitat and greenspace, not to mention raising property values.

WSB-TV awarded Marietta Tree Keepers a "Going Green Champion" for its work to make sure future generations enjoy the city's trees. A video from the newscast is available online.

How-to Videos


Marietta Tree Keepers "Tree-for-All" workshop videos include selecting the right trees for your location and how to plant trees successfully. There is also information about how a healthy tree canopy not only looks great, but makes life in Marietta better all around. The topics were presented by highly regarded local experts Joe Burgess, a senior forester/arborist; Rich Deckman, a landscape architect/arborist; and Will Goodman, a landscape architect. We hope you will take this opportunity watch the workshops online. The workshops were part of the Urban and Community Forestry grant we received this year from the Georgia Forestry Commission.

Commemorative Brick Sales


A last-minute gift that will last a lifetime. Commemorative brick sales will benefit pocket park installation.

Helpful Documents


City of Marietta Tree Ordinance


The purpose of the ordinance (PDF) is to facilitate the preservation and/or replacement of trees as part of the land development process within the municipal boundaries of the city of Marietta.

Helpful Documents