Hattiesburg-The Arbor Day Foundation has named the City of Hattiesburg a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry. It is the 20th year Hattiesburg has earned this national honor from the Arbor Day Foundation, the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees.
Hattiesburg had to meet four standards to become a Tree City USA community. They include the development of a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a community forestry program with annual expenditures of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day Observance and proclamation.
“A Tree City USA designation for the past two decades is awesome,” said Andy Parker, City Arborist. “Teamwork and a clear understanding of the value of trees has been the key to our success.
Research shows trees promote healthier communities by filtering the air we breathe by removing dust and other particles; moderate climate, conserve water and provide vital habitat for wildlife; reduce the heat island effect in urban areas caused by pavement and buildings; reduce energy use and increase property values.
“We all benefit when communities like Hattiesburg place high priority on planting and caring for trees, one of our nation’s most beautiful resources,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. “We applaud Hattiesburg elected officials, volunteers and citizens for providing vital care for its urban forest.” The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. For more information about Tree City USA, please visit www.arborday.org/TreeCITYUSA .