Arbor Day Foundation names Montevallo Tree City USA

FROM STAFF REPORTS

MONTEVALLO – Montevallo was named a 2018 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Montevallo 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.

“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community firsthand,” 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.

“Our natural world is at the very core of our existence,” Montevallo Mayor Dr. Hollie Cost said. “In Montevallo we are a proud tribe of tree-huggers. Being named a Tree City USA is a distinct honor which we wholeheartedly embrace, appreciate and celebrate.”

More information on the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.