Arbor Day in Graham 2024

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.

Learn more about Tree City USA at


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).

Tree Resources

See, Plant, Grow – Plant a Tree with Tim Covington, Property Maintenance Superintendent
Are you wanting to make a difference? Have you considered planting a tree? “Trees add value to your home, regulate the temperature of your neighborhood, and provide food for wildlife.” – Arbor Day Foundation. The City of Graham Public Works provides tips on planting trees with Property Maintenance Superintendent, Tim Covington. Arbor Day In Graham Plants a Tree with Tim Covington

Taking a Look Back at 2021: Arbor Day in Graham at Bill Cooke Park with Rett Davis
As the City of Graham celebrated 40 years as an Arbor Day Foundation Tree City USA community in 2021, New Leaf Society President, Rett Davis, took us through Bill Cooke Park with a lesson on the importance of trees to our community. The drone footage was provided by Titania Productions. Arbor Day In Graham at Bill Cooke Park with Rett Davis

Additional Resources

A Tree Can Be
Benefits of Planting Trees & Tree Facts
Champion Tree of Alamance County
How to Plant Containerized Trees
Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Plants
Stop Crepe Murder with NC State Extension
Tree Planting: Introduction with NC State Extension
Tree Pruning: Introduction with NC State Extension

Local Resources

Have tree, landscaping, and gardening questions? The Alamance County Extension Master Gardener℠ Volunteers (EMGVs) Info Line is open for questions! Call and speak to a Master Gardener on the Info Line at (336) 570-6740 or email ( to ask your tree, landscaping, and gardening questions. Alamance County Cooperative Extension