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TAYLOR EARNS TREE CITY USA DESIGNATION

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April 2, 2013 – TAYLOR, Texas – A Williamson County community recently affirmed its commitment to tree care and urban forestry by completing the steps to become a “Tree City USA.”

The designation, presented by the Arbor Day Foundation and Texas A&M Forest Service, is designed to bring recognition and assistance to community forestry programs. To earn the title, cities must create a tree board or department, implement a tree care ordinance, support a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita and observe Arbor Day with a proclamation.

“We are very excited to join more than 3,400 communities nationwide as a Tree City USA by demonstrating our commitment to preservation, urban forestry and the environment as a whole,” said Taylor Recreation Superintendent Mike DeVito.

Taylor is one of 77 communities in Texas to receive the honor.

“Taylor joins the ranks of Texas communities committed to managing and enhancing their urban forest,” said Gretchen Riley, Tree City USA program coordinator with Texas A&M Forest Service. “Texans value their trees not just for aesthetic reasons, but for the significant environmental and economic benefits trees provide to residents.”

For more information about the Tree City USA program, visit www.arborday.org, http://tfsweb.tamu.edu or contact your regional urban forester.

Contacts:
Gretchen Riley, Texas A&M Forest Service Tree City USA program coordinator
(979) 458-6650,
griley@tfs.tamu.edu 

Mike DeVito, Taylor recreation superintendent
(512) 365-7669, mike.devito@taylortx.gov