Beautification Board


The Gulf Shores Beautification Board exists to preserve, protect, and expand the urban forest; and to guide and enhance through environmental stewardship the aesthetics of the city by providing and planting trees, by directing development through ordinances, and by educating citizens.


  • David Mayfield, Chairman
  • John Eslick, Co-Chairman
  • Karen Still, Corresponding Secretary
  • Cindy Key, Publicity Chairman
  • Mary Wayne Gilmore
  • Linda Bender
  • Lisa Osborn
  • Zetty Bauer

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are also available following approval. 
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Tree City USA

 The City of Gulf Shores has been named a Tree City for the past 35 years. To be a tree City, the community must meet four standards set by the National Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters:

  1. The community must have a tree board or department.
  2. The community must have established a community ordinance for tree care.
  3. There must be a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2.00 per capita.
  4. The Community must have an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

Tree City USA Growth Awards

The Tree City USA Growth Award is awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation to recognize higher levels of tree care by participating Tree City USA communities. The Growth Award highlights innovative programs and projects as well as successes across the country.  

To achieve a Tree City USA Growth Award, a City must qualify as a Tree City USA for at least the second consecutive year and completes activities in eligible categories totaling ten (10) or more points for each year.

The City of Gulf Shores has been given 19 Growth Awards for continuing to expand our commitment to trees and the environment.

Tree City USA – Sterling Communities

A community that has earned 10 Growth Awards is recognized as a Sterling Tree City USA. Sterling communities are regarded as leaders in community forestry and are most often looked upon as innovators.

The City of Gulf Shores attained the Sterling Communities Award in 2010.