Opelika named a 'Tree City USA' for 30th Year

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Press Release from the City of Opelika

For the 30th year Opelika has  been named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its  commitment to effective urban forest management.  

 The Opelika  Tree Commission has operated under Keep Opelika Beautiful for the past  three years. “Keep Opelika Beautiful provides educational program in all  Opelika Schools. Part of the curriculum is teaching about Arbor Day and  the benefits of planting and maintain trees in our community, said Tipi  Miller, director of Keep Opelika Beautiful. “We have also done  Christmas tree recycling, Shred Days and tree planting at Garden in the  Park. These are great times to talk to people about the importance of  trees”. 

 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.  

Cities achieve 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. 

“Everyone  benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in  communities like City make smart investments in urban forests,” said  Matt Harris, 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.”

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