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An Update Arbor Day Programs in NC: 2016

Arbor Day Foundation Programs in North Carolina

Decade Marks as Tree City in 2016

30 Years                    10 years

Valdese                      Albemarle

                                    Indian Trail

20 Years                    Waynesville

Oak Island

The three Arbor Day Foundation programs, Tree City USA, Tree Campus USA, and Tree Line USA continue to grow here in North Carolina.  Over the past 5 years, the number of communities, campuses, and utilities recognized in their respective programs has increased.  For calendar year 2016 there are 87 communities recognized as a Tree City USA.  That number includes two communities that returned to the program, Maysville, and Taylorsville, as well as three new communities, Apex, Oak Ridge, and Oxford.  Welcome!

2016 Growth Award Recipients

Boone                         Jamestown

Cary                           Wake Forest

Gastonia                    Wilmington

Hendersonville        Winston-Salem

Indian Trail

Congratulations to the 9 communities that earned the Growth Award.  This award is given to communities that engaged in activities beyond the minimum to achieve Tree City USA recognition.  There is no longer a spending requirement for Growth Award applicants, so if that was a concern before, let it be no more.  Many communities are doing great things to advance their urban forestry programs, so take a look at the over 40 different activities that can earn points towards a Growth Award, http://arborday.org/programs/treeCityUSA/growthAwards.cfm.  Start working now on those activities so you can apply for the Growth Award when you submit your Tree City USA application in December.

Two new campuses were recognized as a Tree Campus USA for calendar year 2016, Bladen Community College, and East Carolina University.  These were in addition to 10 schools that recertified from 2015 and brings the total number of colleges and universities in North Carolina recognized as Tree Campus USA up to 12.

All 3 of the Tree Line USA utilities in North Carolina recertified – City of Rocky Mount, Union Power Cooperative, and Wake Forest Power.

Congratulations to all the new participants and a hearty applause to all those that recertified in 2016.  We look forward to retaining all of you for calendar year 2017 as well as adding more.  The North Carolina Forest Service’s Urban and Community Forestry Program would be glad to assist communities, colleges and universities, and utility companies with reapplying or applying for the first time.  For more information visit http://ncforestservice.gov/Urban/tcusa_programs.htm.  See a map of all program participants at the NCFS Web site - http://ncforestservice.