The City of Southport

Forestry Committee

Southport: A “Tree City” Since 2004

Southport’s 16th year designated as a Tree City USA

Tree City USA Standards

To qualify as a Tree City USA community,  FOUR STANDARDS established by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters must be met. These standards were established to ensure that every qualifying community* would have a viable tree management program and that no community would be excluded because of size.

Southport Forestry Committee Members

Members are appointed for two year terms.


Scott Len
Peg Ingalls
Jean French-Turner
Fred Fiss
Harry Singley 215-280-8418
Jesse McPherson


Consulting Member
Michael Fuller
Consulting Member
Clay Fairley


Consulting Member
Lowe Davis Board Liaison
Thomas Lloyd
Staff Liaison

NOTE: Article V. Section 1: Meetings are to be held the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 5:00 p.m. in the Indian Trail Meeting Hall unless otherwise posted. All meetings shall be posted in accordance with the N.C. Open Meetings Law by the City Clerk.
Updated 04/26/18

Video Seminars

Available video classes if interested in learning more about trees.

 Tree Board University 

Tree Board University is an online training curriculum for citizens who serve on tree advisory bodies for local governments across the USA. Tree Board U consists of eight courses that you can take at your own pace, and includes videos, written materials, and practical assignments.

Extension Campus   

eLearn Urban Forestry is a self-led, online, distance learning program geared speciifcally toward beginning urban foresters and those allied professionals working in and around urban and urbanizing landscapes, including service foresters, natural resource planners, landscape architects, city officials and public works employees.

ISA – Urban Forestry 

 This course will help participants identify the costs and benefits of a sustainable urban forest. Learn the critical components of an urban forest management plan and how inventories are used in urban forest management.  This is a self-paced, highly interactive course to supplement the certification study guide. The lessons are designed for adult learners who cannot attend formal classes and nontraditional learners who respond best to visual, auditory, and hands-on teaching methods.

Forestry Committee Objectives

The Forestry Committee is committed to the preservation, advocacy and education for the city with regards to city trees and issues by:

  • Protecting existing trees
  • Tree replenishment
  • Public education
  • Other functions related to the community’s forest environment

The Committee provides support and a level of expertise that assists the city and its residents make decisions not only about individual trees, but also about the city’s entire forest and canopy for the long term.

2020 Projects

  • Arbor Day Celebration – Postponed
  • Citywide pruning
  • Protective fencing in Keziah Park
  • Pruning Seminar (TBA)
  • Storm Prep for Trees Seminar (TBA)
  • Ongoing educational seminars on Southport’s Tree Ordinance

2020 Live Oak Planting