Salisbury named a Tree City USA

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The city of Salisbury again has been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation.
The designation recognizes Salisbury’s commitment to community forestry and marks the 22nd year the city has received the national recognition.
To become a Tree City USA community, a municipality must meet four established standards which include a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance.
Arbor Day was held Sunday at the annual Hurley Park Spring Celebration.
“Trees in our cities and towns help clean the air, conserve soil and water, moderate temperature and bring nature into our daily lives,” John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation, said in a news release.
“Tree City USA designation recognizes the work of elected officials, staff and citizens who plant and care for the community forest. Trees are a vital component of the infrastructure in our cities and towns, and provide environmental and economic benefits.”
Mayor Susan Kluttz added, “We are honored to receive this national award which recognizes Salisbury as a livable, environmentally friendly community.”
She said Salisbury places a strong emphasis on protecting the environment and preserving its natural resources.
“Trees not only enhance property value and beautify our city,” she said, “they also offer a safe haven for our wildlife. By promoting the importance of trees to our youth, we share the importance of environmental awareness with our leaders of tomorrow.”