Spotlight on Savannah: The Forest City

By Jessica Hernandez

Last week we wrote about forestry throughout the state of Georgia.

This week are taking the time share some of the history, beauty, and charm of the beloved coastal city of Savannah! 

NASF’s annual meeting will take place in this beautiful forested city from September 19-22. Savannah has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA since 1985, helping earn its early nickname "The Forest City".

Founded in 1733 by colonists led by James Edward Oglethorpe, Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia and one of the outstanding examples of 18th century town planning in North America.

Oglethorpe laid the city out in a series of grids that allowed for wide open streets intertwined with shady public squares and parks that served as town meeting places and centers of business. Savannah had 24 original squares; 22 squares are still in existence today. Pre-Civil War Savannah was praised as the most picturesque and serene city in America. It was known for its grand oaks festooned with Spanish moss.

Every year Savannah attracts millions of visitors, who enjoy the city’s architecture and historic buildings. Savannah’s downtown area, which includes the Historic District, the Victorian Historic District and 22 park-like squares, is one of the largest National Historic Landmark Districts in the United States.

The city’s restaurants have earned a reputation as some of the best dining options in the South. Georgia’s First City embraces contemporary cuisine while staying true to its culinary traditions. Dining Savannah-style combines a fun, chic ambiance with flavors from every corner of the world, along with distinctive Lowcountry cuisine and fresh seafood.

Join NASF for a taste of Savannah in the warm September air at NASF’s annual meeting. Register today at

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