The Town of Burgaw has identified preservation of the community's tree canopy as a major goal. In order to protect Burgaw's tree cover, the town has implemented several programs, including:
Establishing a Tree Board
Ongoing maintenance of public trees by Public Works
Participation in Tree City USA
The Landscaping Ordinance can be found in Section 9.27 of the Unified Development Ordinance. These regulations are administered by the Planning Department and involve all tree plantings and removals for development purposes.
Any time a property is developed or redeveloped, this ordinance will apply; however, existing single-family residences are exempt from tree permit requirements.
The Tree City USA program is a national program that provides the framework for community forestry management for cities and towns across America.
Communities achieve Tree City USA status by meeting 4 core standards of sound urban forestry management:
Celebrating Arbor Day
Having a community tree ordinance
Maintaining a tree board or department
Spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry
Participating communities have demonstrated a commitment to caring for and managing their public trees. Burgaw has been recognized as a Tree City USA since 2010 and continues to strengthen its urban forestry programs.