April 8, 2004

Arbor Day Foundation Honors Memphis Again

For the 11th year Memphis has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation for the city’s commitment to honor its community forest.

“This year’s record number of Tree City USA communities shows a growing level of dedication and care for our urban forests,” said John Rosenow, president of the National Arbor Day Foundation. “It shows the people of Memphis value trees for the beauty, grace, comfort and practical blessings they bring.”

Memphis met the four standards to become a Tree City USA including maintaining a tree care ordinance as well as a city tree board, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance.

Mayor Ron Alexander declared April 2 as Arbor Day in Memphis and his proclamation encouraged all area residents to plant a tree on that day and to continue to support the efforts to protect the region’s trees and woodlands every day.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

“The trees in Memphis help clean the air, conserve soil and water, and reduce heating and cooling costs by moderating temperatures,” he added. “Tree City USA honors the countless men, women, and children in Memphis who are working hard to ensure a greener, healthier tomorrow for us all.”

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