City presented awards from NC Forest Service

City of Rocky Mount presented with awards from NC Forest Service
Posted on 06/11/2019
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Nash County Ranger Bill Lewis with the North Carolina Forest Service presented the city of Rocky Mount with the Tree City USA and Tree Line USA awards during the city council meeting on Monday, June 10, 2019.

Rocky Mount is one of more than 3,400 communities that have made the commitment to becoming a Tree City USA. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. This is the 16th year the city of Rocky Mount has received the Tree City USA award by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board; a tree-care ordinance; an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. 

Lewis also presented the city with the Tree Line USA award, which is a national program that recognizes both public and private utilities for their ability to deliver safe and reliable electricity while maintaining healthy community trees. This is the 12th year the city of Rocky Mount has received this award.

According to the Arbor Day Foundation, the city’s commitment to proper tree-care practices benefits customers by providing cleaner air and water, increasing property values and improving quality of life. Trees also conserve energy and reduce peak electric demand.

The city of Rocky Mount achieved Tree Line USA by meeting the five program standards. Utilities must follow industry standards for quality tree care; provide annual worker training in best tree-care practices; sponsor a tree-planting and public education program; maintain a tree-based energy conservation program and participate in an Arbor Day Celebration.