April 11, 2002

Memphis Named Tree City USA For Ninth Straight Year

Gary Neagle and Roy Monroe display the Tree City USA banner awarded to Memphis for the 9th straight year. The demonstration was made at the city's Arbor Day tree planting.

Once again Memphis has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation. The city marked its ninth year in inclusion on the prestigious list by planting a series of trees at Lake Show-Me on Arbor Day April 5.

"Tree City USA recognition from the National Arbor Day Foundation is a symbol of how important our community trees are to us," said Roy Monroe.

A community must meet four standards for inclusion as a Tree City USA. The city must have a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance.

"Tree City USA recognizes communities that have proven their commitment to an effective, ongoing community forestry program," said John Rosenow, president of the National Arbor Day Foundation. "Such a program is one marked by renewal and improvement."

The Memphis City Tree Board consists of Monroe, Dr. Harlo Donelson, Earl Craig, Donna Goosey and Mayor Ron Alexander.

"More than ever today we understand the importance of trees to our cities and towns," said Rosenow. "Trees help clean our air and water, moderate heat and cold, and bring warmth and grace to our homes."

Arbor Day got its start in Nebraska under the guidance of Sterling Morton. It was first observed on April 10, 1872 before officially becoming a state holiday in 1885. The tradition spread across neighboring states in the 1870s and began in schools in 1882.

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