COMMUNITY NEWS

Concord, Tree City USAⓇ to Commemorate Arbor Day By Planting Trees and Releasing a Memorial Tree Program
Wednesday, October 28, 2020

In 2019, Concord, North Carolina, was recognized as a Tree City USAⓇ by the
Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. The City
continues to meet the requirements of the program by having a tree conservation board or
department, a tree care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget, and an Arbor Day
observance and proclamation.


To receive Tree City USAⓇ recognition, Concord has demonstrated a commitment to effective urban
forest management and its relationship to the challenges of air quality, water resources, personal
health, energy use, and protection from extreme heat and flooding.

In 2018, Mayor Bill Dusch signed a proclamation declaring the last Friday in October as Concord
Arbor Day. To recognize Arbor Day 2020, on October 30th, the City of Concord continues to promote
urban forest management among the community and its partners'.

Over the past month, the City of Concord, the Arbor Day Foundation, and All Saints' Creation Care
offered over 300 free trees to City of Concord residents. By adding these trees to our City's canopy,
the cumulative monetary benefit is over $172,230 and a reduction in air pollutants by 126lbs over five
years.

New for 2020, the City is introducing a new interactive Memorial Tree Program and website. The City
of Concord Memorial Tree Program allows residents to donate a tree to honor a friend, family
member, or commemorative event. With a minimum donation of $150.00, residents can select an
available location and application form from the interactive map. The City of Concord will plant
donated trees between November and February as these are the best months for tree planting. The
City will warranty the tree for the first three years and provide perpetual maintenance while the tree is
healthy and viable.

To view this newly designed interactive website and donate a tree, community members can visit
https://www.concordnc.gov/MemorialTrees. To find out more about the Arbor Day Foundation and
Tree City USA, please visit https://www.arborday.org/programs/treecityusa/.

www.ConcordNC.gov/MemorialTrees