For the 22nd straight year, the City of Southlake has been named a Tree City USA Community. The award recognizes urban forestry management excellence.
The honor is given by The Arbor Day Foundation, which recently recertified the City as a designated 2019 Tree City USA community.
Tree City USA is a program that’s been greening up cities and towns across America since 1976. This program helps provide a framework for communities to manage and expand their public trees footprint, while also celebrating the importance of an urban tree canopy and raising awareness of improving care for these vital trees.
To qualify for Tree City USA status, a community must meet four core standards of sound urban forestry management:
“The City takes great pride in being recertified as a 2019 Tree City USA community,” said Senior Director of Planning and Development Services Ken Baker. “This designation allows our department to proudly promote the value of public trees and upholding sustainable tree management.”
To learn more about Tree City USA, visit the Arbor Day Foundation’s website. For more information about Southlake’s efforts in urban forestry management, please visit the Planning and Development Services website or give us a call at 817-748-8621.
The City of Southlake is celebrating Arbor Day during the month of November! To commemorate the occasion, a proclamation was presented to the Planning and Development Services Department by Mayor Laura Hill at the November 8, 2018, City Council meeting.
During the proclamation, the city also received recertification as a designated 2017 Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation. This award has been granted to the city for 21 consecutive years, recognizing its efforts in maintaining excellence in urban forestry management.
The city also received its 16th National Arbor Day Growth Award by creating a tree planting standard to include in the city’s CIP construction plans, as well as establishing a Major Urban Design Plan that includes landscaping, tree planting and tree preservation design implementation.
If you’re interested in learning more about the city’s Urban Design Plan or efforts to maintain landscaping, tree planting and tree preservation, please visit our website or call the Planning and Development Services Department at 817-748-8621.
Southlake 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.
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.
“Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Southlake make smart investments in urban forests,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief
executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits.”
Cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings, increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities.
More information on the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.