Urban Forestry Commission

The City Council of Elizabeth City adopted an Urban Forestry Ordinance effective December 1, 2008. This ordinance established the Elizabeth City Urban Forestry Commission (ECUFC). A copy of the ordinance is provided below. The ECUFC duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
  1. Help develop and maintain the City Urban Forestry Management Plan for the inventory, development, conservation, and care of the urban forest resources of the city.
  2. Coordinate or conduct special projects for the betterment of the urban forest.
  3. In cooperation with the Canopy Manager, develop and keep current detailed standards and specifications for Urban Forestry management based on the most up to date research by North Carolina State University and the International Society of Arboriculture.
  4. Request information on trees located on city property and receives in a timely fashion, reports for the Directors of Public Utilities and Parks and Recreation.
  5. Receive regular reports from the Director of Planning and Community Development on landscaping and buffering plans for new development and alterations to existing developments.
  6. Encourage and promote canopy growth and maintenance within the city.
  7. Organize and manage the City’s Arbor Day celebration and provide representation at urban forestry events. In addition, submit a proposed budget to City Council by March 1 of each year for the Arbor Day activities.
  8. Initiate educational activities to inform residents on matters concerning Urban Forest.
  9. Report to the City Council by March 31 on the state of the urban forest.