The City of McPherson is celebrating 38 years as a Tree City USA recipient. The Arbor Day Foundation once again officially named McPherson as a Tree City for the year 2015 in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.
Cities who receive this honor must meet certain requirements which include having 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.
This season marks the 40th anniversary of the nationwide Arbor Day Foundation's Tree City program.
“Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like McPherson make smart investments in urban forests,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day foundation, in today's press release.
“Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits. We congratulate McPherson on its 38 years of commitment to this program.”
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.
The Arbor Day Foundation promotes that trees are assets 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 is available at arborday.org.