City Of Concord Recognized For Effective Urban Forest Management

CONCORD, N.C. — The national Arbor Day Foundation recognizes the City of Concord for the second year in a row as a Tree City USA for its efforts to plant trees in urban areas of the community.

Officials say Concord is committed to responsible growth and urban development that recognizes the value and importance of a healthy tree canopy, and maintains the goal of planting two new trees for every tree removed in the city.

“Concord understands the importance of having healthy trees and greenspace to reduce airborne pollutants, reduce surface temperatures, control soil erosion, and slow surface water runoff in our city,” says Bill Leake, Arborist for the City of Concord. “Additionally, trees add aesthetic value making everyday life in our city more enjoyable.”

Officials say the city earned its second Tree City USA designation for meeting the program’s four core standards including having;

  1. A tree conservation board or department.
  2. A tree care ordinance.
  3. An annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita.
  4. An Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

Officials say in 2020 the city created a Memorial Tree Program that allows residents to purchase and donate trees in honor of a loved one or a commemorative event to further promote the city’s commitment to developing a healthy urban forest.

The city plants these trees between November and February, and provides necessary maintenance to the trees as they grow, officials say.

Officials say so far half of the memorial trees have been purchased thanks to an overwhelming response from the community.

“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has on a community first hand,” says Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation. “The trees being planted and cared for by Concord are ensuring that generations to come will enjoy a better quality of life. Additionally, participation in this program brings residents together and creates a sense of civic pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”