Landscaping and Tree Preservation

The Town of Burgaw has identified preservation of the community’s tree canopy as a major goal.  In order to protect Burgaw’s tree cover, the town has implemented several programs, including the Landscaping Ordinance, participation in Tree City USA, establishing a Tree Board, and ongoing maintenance of public trees by Public Works.

Landscaping Ordinance

The Landscaping Ordinance is Article 9 of the Unified Development Ordinance.  These regulations are administered by the Planning Department and involve all tree plantings and removals for development purposes.  Any time a property is developed or redeveloped, this ordinance will apply; however, existing single-family residences are exempt from tree permit requirements.  If you have any questions regarding the town’s Landscaping Ordinances, please contact the Planning Department at 910-663-3450 or

Tree City USA

The Tree City USA program is a national program that provides the framework for community forestry management for cities and towns across America.  Communities achieve Tree City USA status by meting 4 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.  Participating communities have demonstrated a commitment to caring for and managing their public trees.  Burgaw has been recognized as a Tree City USA for 2010, 2011, and 2012 and continues to strengthen its urban forestry programs.

For more information, please visit the Tree City USA website at

Buildings and Grounds Committee

The Buildings and Grounds Committee is made up of two elected commissioners and is responsible for the town's public tree program, including tree care, planting, and education.

Maintenance of Public Trees

The Burgaw Public Works Department is responsible for regular maintenance of the town’s public trees.  If you need to report a diseased or damaged tree on public property, please contact the department at 259-2901.