McPherson Named Tree City USA
McPherson – The City of McPherson has been named a 2016 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. The 2016-2017 season marks the 41st anniversary of the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA program. McPherson is celebrating 39 years as a Tree City USA.
McPherson 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.
“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. “Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”
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 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.
Anne M. Kirchner
Community Information Coordinator
McPherson Convention & Visitors Bureau
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