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 is Article 9 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 for 2010, 2011, and 2012 and continues to strengthen its urban forestry programs.