SPRINGFIELD (April 19,2019) ─ Springfield was named a 2018 Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to urban forest management.
“We’re proud of the work that the Forestry division does,” said Service Director Chris Moore. Springfield was one of the original 16 cities to be named a Tree City USA, and we’re pleased to have received this recognition for the 43rd year.”
Springfield achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s 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.
“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.”
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.
More information on the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.