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Posted on: January 11, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Arbor Day Foundation Names Fort Pierce Tree City USA

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The City of Fort Pierce was named a 2015 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. The City of Fort Pierce has received this prestigious designation for 27 consecutive years.

Fort Pierce 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.

“This award was made possible by the Fort Pierce Tree Board and all of their hard work throughout the year,” said Paul Bertram, Urban Forester.

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.

“Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Fort Pierce 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.”

Cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings and increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities.
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