Arbor Day Foundation Award and Celebration
Annapolis, MD (4-25-13) Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen announced that Annapolis was recently named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. This is the 21st year Annapolis has earned this national designation for its commitment to effective urban forest management.
The City also received a Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating environmental improvement and a higher level of tree care. The City achieved this recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements:
- A tree board or department
- A tree-care ordinance
- An annual community forestry budget
- An Arbor Day observance and proclamation
This year’s Arbor Day celebration will be at the Wiley H. Bates Heritage Park, located at 121 South Villa Avenue in Annapolis. The event is Friday, April 26, at 5 p.m. and is organized by the Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs (DNEP) and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County. The public is encouraged to attend and help plant a White Oak tree during a brief ceremony.
“Trees have a positive economic and environmental impact on our city,” Mayor Cohen said. “The benefits need to be recognized and DNEP should be applauded for their ongoing efforts to increase our tree canopy, and in turn, increase the enduring appeal of Annapolis.”
Cleaner air, improved stormwater management, energy savings and increased property values are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities.
For more information on the award, go to www.arborday.org/treecityusa