Wilson Again Named Tree City USA

Wilson, N.C. (March 11, 2014) - The Arbor Day Foundation has named Wilson a 2013 Tree City USA, the 32nd time the city has been honored for its efforts to protect and promote trees.

"Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Wilson make smart investment in urban forests," said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive officer of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits."

Mayor Bruce Rose said, "Visitors always mention how beautiful our trees are in Wilson. We always need to protect them. And every tree we plant is an investment in our city's future."

Tree City USA is a designation given to communities that have reached certain standards, including having ordinances to protect and care for trees, a tree board or department, and an annual Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

This year's celebration will be Friday, March 21, beginning at 4 p.m. at Warren Street Park, located at the corner of Walnut and Warren streets. Mayor Rose will help with the ceremonial planting of a tree at the park. Also, 100 dogwood seedlings will be given away to attendees.