|Arbor Day Foundation Programs in North Carolina|
by Alan Moore
The three Arbor Day Foundation programs, Tree City USA, Tree Campus USA, and Tree Line USA saw some growth here in North Carolina. In calendar year 2014 we had 80 communities recognized as a Tree City USA. All 78 communities recognized in 2013 recertified in 2014 and 2 new communities were added. Welcome the two newest communities, Banner Elk and Saluda!
Congratulations also to the 17 communities that earned the Growth Award. This award is given to communities that engaged in activities beyond the minimum to achieve Tree City USA status. Some of the activities that communities did to achieve this award included updating their tree inventory, updating their tree ordinance, and improving public awareness about the importance of the urban forest. Some communities even earned their award through overcoming adversities brought on by last year’s weather and improved their partnerships to provide better tree care. There are over 40 different activities that communities can do in order to earn points toward their Growth Award. Visit the Arbor Day Foundation’s Web site to see all the options - http://arborday.org/programs/treeCityUSA/growthAwards.cfm
Two new universities were recognized as a Tree Campus USA, Appalachian State and UNC-Charlotte. These were in addition to the 6 schools that recertified from 2013 and brings the total number of colleges and universities recognized as Tree Campus USA up to 8. One new utility, Wake Forest Power, was recognized as a Tree Line USA. Counting the two utilities that recertified from 2013 the total number of utilities is now up to 3.
Congratulations to all the new participants and a hearty applause to all those that recertified in 2014. We look forward to retaining all of you for calendar year 2015 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/tree_city_usa_overview.htm