FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24, 2021
Contact: John J. Scott
Parks and Recreation Department
City of Fayetteville Recognized as a 2020 Tree City USA
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Fayetteville was named a 2020 Tree City USA earlier this month in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. Fayetteville has now received this designation 26 years in a row. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the US Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. Cities receive the Tree City recognition by meeting or exceeding the Tree City USA requirements: 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.
National Arbor Day is celebrated in the US every year on the last Friday in April. The City of Fayetteville celebrates Arbor Day in October with the Celebration of Trees at which the City gives away 1,000 trees to Fayetteville residents.
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. To learn more about the importance of trees and review resources such as a list of invasive plants and native alternatives, proper tree mulching, tree care tips, and other tree information, please visit the Urban Forestry webpage: www.fayetteville-ar.gov/urbanforestry.