ABOUT THE FORESTRY COMMITTEE

Southport Forestry Committee Members

Members are appointed for a two-year term.

Date Appointed
Scott A. Len,
Chairman
[email protected]
571-296-4174
2020
Jean French-Turner,
Secretary/Publicity
[email protected]
910-713-9028
2021
Jerry Donaldson[email protected] 910 457-65722021
Fred Fiss[email protected]
910-269-6901
2020
Marianne Huntley[email protected]
201-247-2927
2020
Roxie Smith[email protected]
910-363-4002 & cell 917-993-0447
2020
Judy Ferris[email protected]
828-719-7155
Alternate
Peg Ingalls[email protected]
610-299-9939
2021, Alternate
Harry Singley[email protected]
215-280-8418
Consulting Member
Jesse McPherson[email protected]
910-279-4710
Consulting Member
Clay Fairley[email protected]
910-454-9400
Consulting Member
Alderman Lowe Davis[email protected]Board Liaison
Thomas Lloyd
Planner
[email protected]
910-457-7961
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

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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.

ANNUAL PROJECTS

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 DESIGNATION

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.

ARBOR DAY EVENT

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.

UNIFIED DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE

The UDO: Tree Protection and Landscape Preservation

The link below allows you to download an excerpt (chapter 3.18) from the City of Southport Unified Development Ordinance. Please see pages 80 through 87 for the specific information that pertains to trees.

DOWNLOAD THE PDF

Looking for the full Unified Development Ordinance? CLICK HERE

EDUCATIONAL INFO

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.