Southport Forestry Committee Members

Members are appointed for a two-year term.

Date Appointed
Scott A. Len,
[email protected]
Jean French-Turner,
[email protected]
Jerry Donaldson[email protected] 910 457-65722021
Fred Fiss[email protected]
Marianne Huntley[email protected]
Roxie Smith[email protected]
910-363-4002 & cell 917-993-0447
Judy Ferris[email protected]
Peg Ingalls[email protected]
2021, Alternate
Harry Singley[email protected]
Consulting Member
Jesse McPherson[email protected]
Consulting Member
Clay Fairley[email protected]
Consulting Member
Alderman Lowe Davis[email protected]Board Liaison
Thomas Lloyd
[email protected]
Staff Liaison

NOTE: Article V. Section 1: Meetings are to be held the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 5:00 p.m. in the Indian Trail Meeting Hall unless otherwise posted. All meetings shall be posted in accordance with the N.C. Open Meetings Law by the City Clerk.
Updated 04/26/18


Forestry Committee Objectives

The Forestry Committee is committed to the preservation, advocacy and education for the city with regards to city trees and issues by:

  • Protecting existing trees
  • Tree replenishment
  • Public education
  • Other functions related to the community’s forest environment

The Committee provides support and a level of expertise that assists the city and its residents make decisions not only about individual trees, but also about the city’s entire forest and canopy for the long term.

2021 Projects

  • Arbor Day Celebration – Online Program
  • Pruning of 1st Year Plantings
  • Pruning Seminar (Fall – TBA)
  • Storm Prep for Trees Seminar (TBA)
  • Collaboration with Beautification Committee and Historical Society in Smithville Burying Ground (pruning azaleas)
  • Informational articles in the city newsletter
Tree City USA

Southport: A “Tree City” Since 2004

Southport’s 16th year designated as a
Tree City USA!

Tree City USA Standards

To qualify as a Tree City USA community,  FOUR STANDARDS established by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters must be met. These standards were established to ensure that every qualifying community* would have a viable tree management program and that no community would be excluded because of size.

Welcome to the City of Southport’s Arbor Day 2021 Celebration!

The City of Southport Forestry Committee is pleased to present this program in celebration of Arbor Day 2021.

This online program highlights Southport’s beautiful tree canopy and the role that the Forestry Committee plays in supporting and sustaining it. You have a part to play as well!

In addition to seeing a stunning sampling of Southport’s iconic trees, you will learn about Southport’s designation as a Tree City USA and the steps that are taken to ensure that the legacy of our urban forest will be enjoyed by generations to come.

Video Seminars

Available video classes if interested in learning more about trees.

 Tree Board University 

Tree Board University is an online training curriculum for citizens who serve on tree advisory bodies for local governments across the USA. Tree Board U consists of eight courses that you can take at your own pace, and includes videos, written materials, and practical assignments.

Extension Campus

eLearn Urban Forestry is a self-led, online, distance learning program geared specifically toward beginning urban foresters and those allied professionals working in and around urban and urbanizing landscapes, including service foresters, natural resource planners, landscape architects, city officials and public works employees.

ISA – Urban Forestry 

 This course will help participants identify the costs and benefits of a sustainable urban forest. Learn the critical components of an urban forest management plan and how inventories are used in urban forest management.  This is a self-paced, highly interactive course to supplement the certification study guide. The lessons are designed for adult learners who cannot attend formal classes and nontraditional learners who respond best to visual, auditory, and hands-on teaching methods.