The City of Greensboro has been selected as the 2014 NC Tree City of the Year by the NC Urban Forest Service’s Urban Forestry Program. Greensboro was chosen from a field of 16 qualified municipalities for its overall impact, quality, innovation, and degree to which its forestry work serves as an example for others to follow.

The award was presented to City staff on Thursday, September 17, during the state program’s annual Conference Awards Luncheon in Greensboro.

Efforts recognized by the state program include the:
•Undertaking of tree inventories for the College Hill and Aycock neighborhoods and Green Hill Cemetery (still in progress)
•Implementation of a policy for utility vegetation maintenance work and the communication about those plans
•Improved communications about tree-related issues on City property
•Continued planting of trees in partnership with Greensboro Beautiful Inc. as part of the City’s annual Arbor Day celebration, Memorial Honor Tree Planting program and the newly established NeighborWoods “Right Plant, Right Place” program.

“This designation shows that our residents’ interest in a green community, full of the proper foliage in the proper locations have been spot on, and we thank them for their input in the past couple of years,” says Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan. “We’re proud of our partnerships with the community, with our volunteers, and with all our City government’s departments that work diligently together to improve our environment and encourage higher levels of tree care.”

Judson Clinton, City planner with its urban forestry program, says the success of Greensboro’s program has a lot to do with the cooperation between the Planning, Parks and Recreation, and Field Operations departments, as well as Greensboro Beautiful during its 47 years of conserving and enhancing the ecology of the city.

To become one of the 16 municipalities qualified for consideration for the NC Tree City of the Year recognition, a city or town must have first been named by the state as a Tree City USA community, which Greensboro has been so designated for the past 24 years. Then, a city or town must have received the state’s Growth Award, which Greensboro has for nine years, most recently in 2014.