The fall Tree Planting Initiative in Norcross was a huge success.
The Tree Preservation Board organized this popular event which allowed residents to order a shade tree for their properties. Residents paid only $50 for a 10-12 foot tree which was delivered and planted for them in their landscape. To ensure survival of the trees, instructions for care were left with each homeowner. This offer was a $250 value for Norcross residents only. Homeowners could choose from an oak, maple or elm. Each species is considered hardy and long-lived so it can be enjoyed by future generations in Norcross.
Studies show that trees increase property values and can help reduce cooling costs in summer if placed properly. They improve water and soil quality and can reduce air pollution.
The City of Norcross is fortunate to enjoy a mature tree canopy which consists of many historic trees. One such tree is the stunning American Elm tree in Betty Mauldin Park. This majestic tree is the second oldest elm in the state of Georgia. The Norcross Tree Preservation Board was formed to help preserve the tree canopy in our city and to raise awareness of historic trees such as our elm.
The Board was formed several years ago as a result of the City of Norcross being awarded the Tree City USA designation. The board is responsible for establishing the standards necessary to ensure that the policy of no net loss of canopy coverage will be realized and that the city will continue to enjoy the benefits provided by its urban forest. The board requires developers to submit plans ensuring a designated percentage of tree canopy is met on their sites. It also works to maintain our current canopy by replacing trees lost to disease and natural decline through programs such as the fall Tree Planting Initiative and the annual Arbor Day observance.
In recognition of Arbor Day, the Norcross Tree Board will donate and install a tree on February 15th. The tree will be planted adjacent to the playground in Thrasher Park where it can grow and provide shade for the children playing there.
Going forward, The Norcross Tree Preservation Board will continue to preserve the canopy through these initiatives. The board plans to approach City Council about making the Tree Planting Initiative an annual fall event benefiting the residents of Norcross.