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Arbor Day Foundation Names Fort Lauderdale Tree City USA, Growth Award Winner

Post Date:April 26, 2019

Arbor Day 40th Anniversary 

For Immediate Release
April 26, 2019

Fort Lauderdale – The City of Fort Lauderdale was named a 2018 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. The 2018 designation marks the City of Fort Lauderdale's 40th consecutive year.

The community also received a Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating environmental improvement and higher level of tree care. 

Fort Lauderdale 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.

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.

"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."

Trees provide multiple benefits 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 on the program is available at arbordav.org/TreeCityUSA.

About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation  is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information can be found at arborday.org.

About Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation: The City of Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation serves the ninth largest city in Florida. Embraced by the Atlantic Ocean, New River and scenic inland waterways, the city truly lives up to its designation as the "Venice of America." Fort Lauderdale boasts more than seven miles of sparkling beaches that offer premier opportunities for relaxation and enjoyment. Blessed with over 3,000 hours of sunshine each year and pleasant year-round ocean breezes, the agency offers premier opportunities for recreation by providing a safe, superior environment and unique, quality programming for our diverse community.

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