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Wilmington Tree Commission looking for nominees to honor preservation, design efforts

Know of an outstanding tree? How about an outstanding tree preservationist? Wilmington Tree Commission is looking for nominees for its 2019 Tree Awards.

Large oak trees like these adorn Dale Sutton's property in New Hanover County, but now he might have to remove several of the since the county did not grant him a variance for construction (Port City Daily photo/ JOHANNA FEREBEE)
Large Oak Trees border either side of Country Club Road in Forest Hills. (Port City Daily photo/File)

WILMINGTON — Wilmington Tree Commission is looking for new nominees for this year’s Tree Awards. The commission will honor three categories: tree preservation, landscape design, and reforestation.

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Eligible nominees can be either businesses or homeowners in Wilmington city limits. Awards will be presented during a spring Wilmington City Council meeting. Nominations are due by March 31.

Awards for tree preservation will be selected according to:

  • Outstanding maintenance, rehabilitation or preservation of older trees with unique characteristics, preservation of trees at new development sites and preventative health practices.

Awards for landscape design will be selected according to:

  • Outstanding use of native trees, designs that simulate a natural habitat, designs complementary to the topography of the site, designs that are particularly appropriate to the history of the site, and outstanding functional designs such as designs that facilitate pedestrian use.

Examples of reforestation project awards include:

  • Planting of city street trees in public areas and planting projects undertaken by neighborhood associations.

View the award winners from last year here. More information about the Wilmington Tree Commisssion and the Tree Awards can be found here.

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