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Carolina Canopy Workshop: Tree Ordinance (Western Region)

Nov 29, 2023

8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Our urban trees yield many values for our social communities.  From filtering air and water of pollutants to shading our meditative sits for mental health, trees daily shower us with numerous benefits. 

Tree ordinances are one powerful tool to help communities legally protect their favored trees.  In recent years, the North Carolina Urban Forest Council hosted five webinars, during which presenters discussed the steps municipalities should complete when developing an effective tree protection ordinance.  

  1. Basics of Tree Protection Ordinances, Ed Macie (link)
  2. Tree Ordinances and Community Tree Programs, Ed Macie (link)
  3. The Operational Aspects of Tree Protection Ordinances, Ed Macie (link)
  4. Strategies for Effective Tree Ordinances, Paul Ries, and Legislative Framework for Tree Ordinances on Private Property, Chad Meadows (link)
  5. Tree Preservation Ordinances for NC Communities, Keith O’Herrin (link)

This fall season the Council is ready to tackle the next steps:  how to implement and enforce a tree protection ordinance. 

Register today for this half-day workshop so that you can take the next step in your tree ordinance journey! 


8:00 to 8:30 a.m.     Check-in 

8:30 to 9:30 a.m.     Tree Ordinance 201:  Day to Day Processes

Now that your community has passed a tree ordinance, how do you incorporate these requirements into your existing administrative procedures?  For instance, how will you process submittals, checklists, plan reviews, comments, permitting, site inspections, and close outs?  Keith will discuss some key points during the development process (and after the fact) where tree preservation frequently goes wrong, and how to prevent such errors so that your community can achieve better tree outcomes.

Keith O’Herrin, Urban Forester for Union County 

9:30 to 10:30 a.m.     The Critical Link:  Integrating Tree Ordinances with Urban Forest Management Plans

No matter how thoughtful the language is of your tree ordinance, you must integrate the legal policy with your community’s urban forest management plan.  Linking the two documents is critical to ensure all future development plans incorporate your tree protection goals.  Joseph will draw from his extensive experience as a consultant to help you follow through with this step that is often overlooked.

Joseph Joyner, urban forestry consultant for Davey Resource Group

10:30 to 11:00 a.m.     Break

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.     Lessons From Local Municipalities

Representatives from municipal governments in the Eastern / Western Region will present their latest efforts to develop a tree ordinance and link it to their urban forest management plan.  What was the experience like for them?  What recommendations do they have for you? 

12:00 to 1:00 p.m.     Lunch and round table discussions

Approved credits:
  • International Society of Arboriculture, 4 credits (arborist, municipal specialist & BCMA Management)
  • Society of American Foresters, 4 credits (cat. 1)
  • NC Landscape Contractors Licensing Board, 2 credits (landscape)
  • NC Board of Landscape Architects, 4 credits

Iredell County Extension Center, 444 Bristol Drive, Room 110, Statesville, NC 28677



Non-Member Early Fee Amount: $65.00
Non-Member Late Fee Amount: $65.00
Member Early Fee Amount: $45.00
Member Late Fee Amount: $45.00



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