Who We Are

Jim Abbot (pictured on the left) joined Tree Watch in 2001, not long after he and his wife Jeanne LaSala moved into their home on Waverly Way. He now heads up the committee, having succeeded Richard Westrick. A longtime volunteer and former director of Trees Atlanta, he says that his interest in trees dates back to his childhood in rural Georgia.  Jim was Trees Atlanta’s 2016 Volunteer of the Year, is co-founder of the prize-winning Agnes Scott Arboretum, and has given invited talks on trees for organizations that include the Georgia Urban Forest Council, Perimeter College,  Agnes Scott College, and garden clubs. Jim and Jeanne have two sons, Thomas (26) and Andrew (21).

David Bikoff (pictured here with his wife Mary Logan and their dog Lettie) is a native Atlantan and an attorney  in private practice, who dreams of living on a farm someday. For the time being, David and Mary live on Virgil Street and are expecting their first child in May 2017!

Steve Hays has been planting trees in Inman Park for decades. He and his wife Marge were founding members of this latest incarnation of the Inman Park tree committee, and to this day, it’s a rare planting project that does not find him smack in the middle of everything. Steve is retired from a career at Georgia-Pacific as a corporate safety manager. He and Marge live on Hurt Street, where they have in their front yard one of the more unusually beautiful trees in Inman Park: a smoketree  (Cotinus x ‘Grace’).

Oreon Mann is a graduate of Trees Atlanta’s annual Treekeeper workshop series and an enthusiastic supporter of the TreeHouse, its education headquarters located here in Inman Park. Oreon was also an early advocate for the Inman Park Neighborhood Arboretum.  He recently sold his house on Edgewood Avenue and moved down the street into the Alexan.

Ken Taber loves the outdoors, whether it’s mountain biking, paddle boarding, or wading into a snarly patch of invasive trees and shrubs with his new Silky handsaw. He’s the co-owner of Scenario Custom Scenery, a 20-year-old custom design and build scene shop located in the heart of downtown Atlanta. He and his wife Karen are the parents of three children and live on Alta Avenue.

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