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Arbor Day Programs in North Carolina

The three Arbor Day Foundation programs, Tree City USA, Tree Campus USA, and Tree Line USA are still going strong here in North Carolina.  For calendar year 2015 we had 85 communities recognized as a Tree City USA.  That number includes three communities that returned to the program, Bath, Black Mountain, and Clinton, as well as three new communities, Montreat, Rolesville, and Wallace.  Welcome!

2015 Growth Award Recipients

Boone                         Laurinburg

Cramerton                Oak Island

Davidson                   Wake Forest

Gastonia                    Wilmington

Hendersonville        Wilson

Indian Trail             Winston-Salem


Congratulations to the 13 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.  The Arbor Day Foundation has removed the requirement that Growth Award applicants spend at least as much as was spent on community forestry activities in the previous year.  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,, and start planning now to apply in December of this year.

Three new colleges and universities were recognized as a Tree Campus USA for calendar year 2015, Nash Community College, UNC-Pembroke, and Warren Wilson College.  These were in addition to the 8 schools that recertified from 2014 and brings the total number of colleges and universities in North Carolina recognized as Tree Campus USA up to 11.

All 3 of the Tree Line USA utilities in North Carolina recertified.  Another utility, Dominion Power, based in Virginia, does serve some of North Carolina and they have been a Tree Line USA since 2011.

Congratulations to all the new participants and a hearty applause to all those that recertified in 2015.  We look forward to retaining all of you for calendar year 2016 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  See a map of all program participants at the NCFS Web site -  


by Alan Moore, Urban Forestry Specialist

NC Forest Service