Winston-Salem has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation in recognition of its commitment to the city’s urban forest. It is the eighth year the city has received this national recognition.
To become a Tree City USA, a community must have a tree board or department; must have a tree-care ordinance; must have a comprehensive community forestry program; and must hold an Arbor Day observance.
John Rosenow, the chief executive of the foundation, said the Tree City designation recognizes the work of elected officials and city staff to plant and care for the city’s urban forest. "Trees in our cities and towns help clean the air, conserve soil and water, moderate temperature and bring nature into our daily lives," Rosenow said. "A community and its citizens that recognize these benefits and provide the needed care for its trees deserves recognition and thanks."
For more information about the Tree City USA designation and the city’s urban forestry program, contact Keith Finch, the city’s urban forester, at 748-3019.