Arbor Day 2021

You don’t have to hug ’em to love ’em!

When you think of a board consisted of members dedicated to trees, yes T-R-E-E-S, do you automatically think its all a bunch of mumbo jumbo? Do you enjoy clean air, clean water, shade, and beauty in your city, because you know you do! These are just a few of the many benefits city trees provide. The Tree Board is also responsible for the overseeing of planting, growth, and protection of trees and native plants. 

-Stephanie Ruiz

I fell in love with trees on my annual visits to my Crissman cousins here in Graham. I’d walk their property (now the Elevate 54 apartments) with my uncle and we’d look at the growth over the past year of this Magnolia, that Willow Oak, or mark the slow demise of the ancient Walnut and laugh at the aggressive bamboo. The last time I walked there was the week before it was cleared in 2017, and I realized that everything I saw had been planted in my 

Judy Hall has been a resident of Graham for 16 years.  She is a registered nurse having worked in the field of Surgical Services, Endoscopy, Emergency Room, School Nurse and Nurse Supervisor in long term care.  She has a strong desire to contribute to the City of Graham and it’s residents.  She has spent years in the self study of landscaping.  Her passion is interior design and home décor sewing.  She enjoys spending time with her family and friends and 

I’ve lived in Alamance County all my life, back and forth between Burlington and Graham. When I was young I loved climbing into any tree I could find to hoist myself into. My grandparents (Albert “Papa” and Martha “Nana” Bowes) had a big Oak tree with a tall branch that they tied a swing to for us kids. I would try to climb the rope as high as I could to see if I could touch the branch at the top.  Sadly, my Nana passed away last February,  but it gives me joy 

I began employment with the City of Graham in February 2012 as the Property Maintenance Superintendent.  Prior to that I spent 18 years as a self-employed landscape contractor working on many commercial and residential projects throughout the state of North Carolina.   I was born and raised on a dairy farm in the Hawfields community. I am a licensed North Carolina Landscape Contractor and Licensed North Carolina Pesticide Applicator. I enjoy working in the landscape industry. When not working I enjoy hunting, fishing, cooking out and spending time with family and friends.

-Tim Covington

What is Tree City USA?

The Tree City USA program has been greening up cities and towns across America since 1976. It is a nationwide movement that provides the framework necessary for communities to manage and expand their public trees.

More than 3,400 communities have made the commitment to becoming a Tree City USA. They have achieved Tree City USA status by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.


A City’s Tree Board is responsible for hearing requests from residents regarding planting, maintenance and removal of street trees.  It is also responsible for establishing guidelines for spacing of trees on the City’s property.

The Tree Board serves as an advisory board to the City Council as it relates to the planting, growth and protection of trees within the City. 

Serving on a board and/or commission is an opportunity to collaborate with local government and to help shape decisions that impact our community. There are positions available on City of Graham boards and commissions as well as seats on Alamance County boards or commissions reserved for Graham residents or those living in Graham’s Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ). The position you are applying for will determine whether the appointment will be made by the Graham City Council or by the Alamance County Commissioners.

To submit an application (click here).

There are multiple websites and apps for tree/plant identification, but these are some resources we use:
– NC State Extension:NC Tree Identification (
– Picture This (app)