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Press Release

Town of Hilton Head Island Tree City USA 2011 Designation

Release Date: May 4, 2012

Contact Information:
Marcy Benson email icon , Senior Grants Administrator, (843)341-4689


The Arbor Day Foundation announced Hilton Head Island, SC has been named a 2011 Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry.

It is the 11th year Hilton Head Island has earned this national honor from the Arbor Day Foundation, the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees. "We all benefit when communities like Hilton Head Island place a high priority on planting and caring for trees, one of our nation's most beautiful resources," said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. "The Arbor Day Foundation applauds Hilton Head Island’s elected officials, volunteers and citizens for providing vital care for its urban forest."

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

Hilton Head Island has met the four standards to become a Tree City USA community. Tree City USA communities must have a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a community forestry program with annual expenditures of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

Communities that earn Tree City USA recognition not only have taken the time to meet the four standards, they know trees:

  • Promote healthier communities by filtering the air we breathe.
  • Moderate climate, conserve water and provide habitat for wildlife.
  • Reduce heat island effect caused by pavement and buildings.
  • Reduce energy use and increase property values.