TERRE HAUTE —
Arbor Day 2013, celebrated Friday nationwide, had a special meaning for the City of Terre Haute, as it celebrates its 15th year as a Tree City USA. A special flag was raised outside City Hall to commemorate the accomplishment.
For more than 20 years, TREES Inc. has been fighting to protect and preserve the canopy around Terre Haute., according to a news release issued by the nonprofit. Each year, TREES volunteers plant 100 trees to increase the city’s tree canopy.
“Planting trees is very important to the aesthetic, economic and environmental health of Terre Haute. Trees are often unappreciated and we work together as an organization to make sure Terre Haute will have a healthy canopy for future generations to enjoy,” said Barbara Brugnaux, president of Trees Inc.
Tree City USA is a national program that provides the framework for community forestry management for cities and towns across America. Communities achieve Tree City USA status by meeting four core standards of sound urban forestry management, including maintaining a tree board or department (Terre Haute has both) and spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry.
This year, Terre Haute received the Growth Award for the eighth time. The Tree City USA Growth Award is awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation to recognize higher levels of tree care by participating Tree City USA communities.
The Tree City USA signs around the Terre Haute city limits will be updated in the coming weeks.
For more information about the Tree City USA project, visit www.arbor
For more information about TREES Inc., visit www.treesinc.org.