Elko honored as a Tree City USA community

ELKO, Nev.–Elko was recently named a Tree City USA community by The National Arbor Day Foundation to honor the city’s commitment to community forestry. Eight other Nevada communities re-certified their “Tree City USA” designation for their activities in 2007.

The “Tree City USA” award recognizes communities that effectively manage public tree resources. More than 3200 communities ranging in population of a few hundred to several million were awarded the “Tree City USA” status this year.

“Trees in our Nevada communities help clean the air, conserve soil and water, moderate temperature and bring nature into our daily lives,” said Pete Anderson, Nevada’s state forester and firewarden. “Tree City USA designation recognizes the work of elected officials, staff and citizens who plant and care for the community forest.”

To qualify for “Tree City USA,” a community must legally designate an individual or tree board to care for its urban forest, enact a community tree ordinance and expend a minimum of at least $2 per capita. In addition, the community is required to have an Arbor Day proclamation.

Nevada’s re-certifying Tree City USA cities—Gardnerville, Henderson, Nellis AFB, Las Vegas, Sparks, Reno and Carson City—were recognized by Nevada Division of Forestry foresters at Arbor Day activities around in April. Incline Village will be receiving their Tree City Award June 25, 2008.

Carson City, Gardnerville, Henderson and Nellis AFB received a “Growth Award” which recognizes Tree City USAs that have supplementary urban forestry activities such as creating a memorial tree program, updated tree ordinances or tree lists, creating recycling programs and community outreach.

Each winning community receives a Tree City USA flag, plaque and two community entrance signs. A Tree City must reapply annually to maintain the designation. The “Tree City USA” program is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and supported by state forestry agencies.

Contact the Nevada Division of Forestry Urban Forester at 775-684-2506, extension 350, for more information.

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