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Tulsa Named 2018 Tree City USA: Arbor Day Event March 29

This article was archived on 4/7/2018

For the 25th year in a row, Tulsa has received recognition for being a 2018 Tree City USA. Tulsa, one of America’s most beautiful cities places the planting and care of trees as a top priority in our community.

Tulsa is one of more than 3,400 Tree City USAs with a combined population of 140 million. 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.

Mayor Bynum, joined by City Councilors, Tulsa Parks and Up With Trees will present a proclamation celebrating Tulsa’s 25th Anniversary as a Tree City USA. The Arbor Day celebration will begin at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, March 29 at McClure Park, 7440 E. 7th St.

“I’m so pleased that Tulsa is being recognized for our commitment to effective urban forest management. Trees in our city increase property values, enhance the economic vitality of business areas, and beautify our community. As we work to deserve the title of America’s Most Beautiful City, this recognition is a positive step forward,” said Mayor G. T. Bynum. 

Tulsa 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.

Since 1976, Up With Trees has been faithful to its mission to beautify greater Tulsa by planting, preserving and promoting Tulsa’s Urban Forest. Every tree planted in Tulsa not only makes our community more beautiful, it makes it more livable.

“Planting trees is the best gift we can give to our citizens. It is important to plant trees today so future generations can enjoy their beauty in the future,” said Lucy Dolman, Tulsa Parks Director.

“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.”

For more information on the Arbor Day Foundation program, visit: www.arborday.org