news release from Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful
Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful has received notification that Albany has been named Tree City USA by The National Arbor Day Foundation for the twenty-second consecutive year. Albany has also received the Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating progress in its community forestry program.
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.
To become a Tree City USA, a community must meet four standards, which are: have a tree board or department, have a tree care ordinance, have a comprehensive community forestry program, and have an Arbor Day observance.
"An effective community forestry program is an ongoing process of renewal and improvement-a program of tree planting and care that continues through the years," said John Rosenow, President of The National Arbor Day Foundation. "The Tree City USA award is an excellent indication that there is a solid foundation for that process of improvement."
"This national recognition is an honor for our community and our citizens are to be commended for their commitment to protect and enhance our tree canopy," stated Judy Bowles, Executive Director of Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful.
"To celebrate Albany's Tree City designation, we will have a community Arbor Day planting event on February 20th at 9:30 a.m. as we plant new trees within the Ingleside Drive medians. The trees that we will plant Saturday will cool and beautify our community, increase property values, help clean the air and water, conserve energy, and generations to come will also enjoy their beauty," said Bowles.