ANNOUNCEMENT 28 Mar 2019
The Georgia Department of Transportation will require all state-funded projects to comply with the “Georgia Grown” program, ensuring that contractors use landscaping plant materials grown in Georgia.
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On March 28, 2019, the Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) announced that “[t]o protect and preserve the natural beauty of the great State of Georgia” it will require all state-funded projects to comply with the “Georgia Grown” program, ensuring that contractors use landscaping plant materials grown in Georgia when completing, maintaining, and beautifying Georgia’s interstate highways, state routes, and welcome centers. According to a press release,
The Department will require that every effort be made to use plant material native to Georgia, including trees, shrubs, and annual plantings from Georgia nurseries, in its landscaping and maintenance at Georgia’s Welcome Centers and rest areas. Additionally, Georgia DOT’s state-funded construction and maintenance projects will require the use of Georgia-grown trees and shrubs for future Roadside Enhancement Beautification Council (REBC) and any other applicable grants. These moves follow Georgia DOT’s recent efforts to use Georgia-grown trees and plantings in roadside beautification efforts on the I-16 and I-95 corridors, among other locations throughout the state.
The Georgia Grown initiative is a marketing and economic development program created by the Georgia Department of Agriculture to aid the state’s agricultural economy by mandating that producers, processors, suppliers, and distributors collaborate statewide.