Hillsboro Earns 2018 Tree City USA Recognition
Congratulations, Hillsboro residents: You live in a Tree City USA community!
The City of Hillsboro’s commitment to public tree care recently led the Arbor Day Foundation to announce that Hillsboro has earned 2018 Tree City USA status. The designation celebrates the City’s tree planting, maintenance, and preservation efforts that encourage cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings, and increased property values and commercial activity.
The Hillsboro 2020 Vision & Action Plan and the Hillsboro 2035 Community Plan identified Tree City USA recognition as an important sustainability action item. The Hillsboro City Council made pursuit of the Tree City USA program a 2018 City priority.
The City earned the designation by meeting four standards of sound urban forestry management:
- Maintaining a tree board or department responsible for public tree care
- Having a community tree ordinance
- Spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry
- Celebrating and proclaiming Arbor Day
To celebrate this achievement and Arbor Day, a community event will be held on Monday, April 22, from 10:30 to 12 pm, with a ceremonial tree planting at Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve. Details will be shared online closer to the event.
Tree City USA recognition comes with new tree care responsibilities for Hillsboro property owners, including:
- Properly maintaining and caring for trees planted in the area between their property line and the curb or edge of pavement. This area is called the public Right-of-Way (ROW).
- Before planting, major prunings, or removing a tree from within the ROW, obtaining a free ROW permit from the City.
- Trimming trees to create an 8-foot clear zone over sidewalks and a 15-foot clear zone over roadways beside their property. While the City suggests property owners trim their trees to the 15-foot roadway clear zone soon, the effective date for this requirement is January 1, 2020.