City of Wilmington Urban Forestry Program
Wilmington recognizes that trees are valuable economically, aesthetically, and for the environmental sustainability of the region. In January 2011, City Council adopted a new tree ordinance that categorizes trees as a type of green infrastructure. The new ordinance upholds sound urban forest management techniques and protects and expands the urban forest by creating policies for permitting, tree protection during construction, tree replacement, and outlining rules and regulations for arbor work within the City.
Eighty-five years ago, on April 5, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order allocating US$10 million for “Emergency Conservation Work.” This step launched one of the New Deal’s signature relief programs: the Civilian Conservation Corps, or CCC. Its mission was to put unemployed Americans to work improving the nation’s natural resources, especially forests and public parks.
Wilmington takes pride in being a Tree City USA community for over 25 years. Did you know that over 1,400 acres of the city of Wilmington are covered by a tree canopy?
Thanks to the Delaware Forest Service for providing a look at the state's tree canopy. To see Wilmington's tree canopy, use the arrow to pick Cities & Towns, Residential Communities, Parks; then type your option in the search bar.