Fayetteville receives Tree City USA urban forestry recognition for 27th year in a row

A sign at Walker Park notes Fayetteville’s designation as a Tree City USA location for 26 consecutive years. The sign is updated annually to show consecutive recognition after honorees are announced. The city this week was recognized with the designation for the 27th year in a row.

Fayetteville Flyer staff photo

FAYETTEVILLE — The city was once again recognized for its commitment to urban forest management.

The city received the Tree City USA designation for the 27th consecutive year and the Growth Award for the 8th year in a row.

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 receive the recognition by having 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 Growth Award is an additional Tree City USA honor that recognizes a city that shows improvements in urban forestry over the previous year.

National Arbor Day is celebrated each year on the last Friday in April. Fayetteville also celebrates Arbor Day in October with the Celebration of Trees, where urban foresters give away 1,000 trees to Fayetteville residents.

From a news release:

The City of Fayetteville recognizes and promotes the value of a healthy urban forest. Trees provide multiple benefits, including increased property values, reduced home-cooling costs, carbon sequestration, oxygen, the removal of air pollutants and much more.