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Baker City, Oregon March 12, 2019. Baker City was named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for the 34th consecutive year, in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.
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.
Baker City 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.
“Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Baker City 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.”
Trees are assets 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 arborday.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 is available at arborday.org.
Baker City Arbor Day events will include presentation and signing of the proclamation declaring Friday, April 26, 2019, as Baker City Arbor Day by Mayor Loran Joseph at the April 9, 2019, City Council meeting. The Baker City Rotary Club will be honored at this meeting for their volunteer contribution to Baker City’s urban forest through the distribution of hundreds of tree saplings. Other events throughout the month of April will include a community celebration in conjunction with Earth Day, Baker City Tree Board tree planting projects, and other educational events.