The Town of Mocksville will be celebrating its 30th year as Tree City USA and Arbor Day 2023 on Friday, April 28th. You are invited to attend the recognition ceremony at 10 a.m. in the gym of the Davie Family YMCA, 215 Cemetery Street.
During the celebration, Mayor Will Marklin will read the Arbor Day proclamation, and Ranger Michael Huffman from the North Carolina Forest Service will present the Tree City USA 2022 Award.
Because of the rainy forecast, Huffman will present a short tree-related program for students from Mocksville Elementary School in lieu of planting trees at Rich Park as previously planned.
Arbor Day—which literally translates to “tree” day from the Latin origin of the word arbor— celebrates the planting, upkeep, and preservation of trees. For centuries, communities spanning the globe have found various ways to honor nature and the environment.
Tree City USA 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 four core standards of sound urban forestry management each year.
Maintaining the Town’s eligibility for the program takes time and dedication. “The Town of Mocksville appreciates the dedication and service of our Tree Board Members: Susan Hawkins, Carl Lambert, Judy Rosser, and Alex Thompson,” said Town Manager Ken Gamble. “Trees and community have never been more important.”
There is a lot of work that goes into receiving the Tree City USA designation and award. To learn more about Tree City USA, visit https://www.ncforestservice.gov/Urban/tcusa_programs.htm