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Wednesday, August 24, 2016 7:40 AM | DNA ADMIN Communications (Administrator)

Chippewa Square Filming

Late last week, residents and businesses around Chippewa Square received a notification from the Location Manager for a TV series filming its second season in Savannah that raised concerns. Many neighbors have reached out to DNA in regards to the potential removal of moss from the trees in Chippewa Square. DNA contacted Beth Nelson, Executive Director of the Savannah Area Film Office as well as our liaison with Savannah Park and Tree Services for clarification.

The following response was received:

On August 23, 2016 at 6:50:04 PM, Beth Nelson ( wrote:


The location manager from the production met with staff from Leisure Services and Park and Tree and discussed the removal of low-hanging moss from a few of the trees on the north side of the square.  My understanding is that the removal was approved by the City staff as long as instructions were followed:

Only the large, low hanging moss should be removed; the smaller, low-hanging moss will not be removed; the film arborist must use an instrument approved by Park and Tree to remove the moss; no tree limbs may be damaged in any way while removing the moss; the location manager and a Park & Tree arborist must be onsite during any removal of moss.

I am confident that with these professionals on site, and the procedures followed, the park will not be damaged.  We are all proud of our parks and our moss covered trees, and would not allow a production to harm them in any way.  This will affect only a few trees in the park, and much of the moss will remain on those trees in the upper branches.  From Park and Tree research and historical knowledge the moss should return.

Please let me know if I can answer any further questions.  My goal is to have clear communication between productions and the residents and businesses in the Savannah area. 



Beth Nelson
Executive Director
Savannah Area Film Office

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