Tree City USA
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Tree City USA
March 16, 2016 – For the 21st consecutive year Odessa has earned the recognition ‘Tree City USA’ from the Arbor Day Foundation.
The City’s Parks Department is committed to effective urban forest management which is a vital element of public infrastructure. To earn the ‘Tree City USA’ title the City must meet the following four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat among many other benefits.
‘Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,” said Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”
Started in 1976, the Tree City USA program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Click here for more information about the program.
For more about the City’s recognition contact Scott Anderson, Assistant Parks Director, at 368-3548.