NEWS | May 6, 2014

Arbor Day Foundation names Joint Base Charleston as a Tree City USA

By Keith Thompson 628th Civil Engineer Squadron Conservation Program manager

Joint Base Charleston has been named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. This makes the 20th time the base has received this distinction.

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.

Communities are recognized as a Tree City USA as a testament to their excellence in managing urban forestry resources. The award criteria include having a tree board or committee, a tree care ordinance, an Arbor Day observance and an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita.

The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member, non-profit conservation and education organization, with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.
 
According to John Rosenow, Arbor Day Foundation founder and chief executive, "Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits."

Joint Base Charleston has a long standing record of preserving and enhancing the natural environment, while still achieving our military mission. For more information about the Arbor Day Foundation, go to www.arborday.org.