Friendsville Named a Tree City USA Community
Last Updated on Apr 13, 2021 at 7:58am | Agribusiness
The town achieved this recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: having a tree board or department, 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. “The trees being planted and cared for by Friendsville are ensuring that generations to come will enjoy a better quality of life. Additionally, participation in this program brings residents together and creates a sense of civic pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”
According to Lambe, Friendsville is one of more than 3,600 Tree City USA communities with a combined population of 155 million.
If there ever was a time for trees, now is that time, Lambe said. Communities worldwide are facing issues with air quality, water resources, personal health and well-being, energy use, and protection from extreme heat and flooding.
The Arbor Day Foundation recently launched the Time for Trees initiative to address those issues, with a goal of planting 100 million trees in forests and communities and inspiring 5 million tree planters by 2022.
With Tree City USA recognition, Friendsville has demonstrated a commitment to effective urban forest management and doing its part to help address these challenges for Friendsville residents now and in the future.