Holly Springs, NC has been named a 2019 Tree City USA. This designation was presented by the NC Forest Service to the Holly Springs Town Council at its meeting last night, honoring the town’s commitment to effective urban forest management.
“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “The trees planted and cared for by Holly Springs are ensuring that generations to come will enjoy a better quality of life. Additionally, participation in this program brings residents together and creates a sense of civic pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”
The Holly Springs Town Council has made tree preservation a priority over the past few years. They have created a Tree Advisory Committee, passed a community tree ordinance regarding public tree care, began collecting tree management statistics regarding the number of street trees planted and pruned annually, and started holding annual Arbor Day observances. This year the Tree Advisory Committee held its first annual tree planting in March to celebrate Arbor Day in North Carolina at Ting Park.
“Holly Springs is known for its beautiful tree canopy and we have taken steps to ensure that it remains,” said Gina Clapp, Holly Springs Director of Planning & Zoning. “Holly Springs is one of only two towns in Wake County that require every new development to plant street trees. We have about 15,000 street trees currently in town and more are added every year.”
“We are so pleased to receive this designation,” said Holly Springs Mayor Dick Sears. “Residents stepped up and volunteered their time to join our Tree Advisory Committee and make a difference in our community. They have given away a thousand trees in their first year, including 950 trees at HollyFest last fall and 50 Long Leaf Pines, North Carolina’s State Tree, at Spring Fling 2019. We hope trees planted by residents and others planted by the town will continue to be enjoyed for years to come.