April 14, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

City and CU Recognized by National Arbor Day Foundation

The City of Springfield has been recognized a Tree City USA from the National Arbor Day Foundation for the 23rd consecutive year. The Foundation also has recognized City Utilities as a Tree Line USA Utility for the 13th consecutive year.

The National Arbor Day Foundation is a non-profit education organization that exists to help people plant and care for trees. Communities receive Tree City USA designation upon the recommendation of state foresters, who co-sponsor the program along with the USDA Forest Service. To become a Tree City USA, a community must have a city tree ordinance, a legal tree governing body, a comprehensive urban forestry program, and an Arbor Day observance.

The Missouri Department of Conservation will present the Tree City USA flag and other recognition materials to City of Springfield and City Utilities officials at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, April 16, 2009, at the City Utilities Training Center Auditorium, 301 E. Central St., just prior to the a Tree City USA Citizens’ Advisory Committee meeting. In addition to the flag, the City also will receive a bronze medallion to add to its plaque denoting this year’s recognition, and stickers indicating qualifying years to update its Tree City USA city limit signs.

For more information, contact: Joe Payne, Public Works Operations Supervisor over Public Grounds, (417) 864-1954.

city of springfield

Department of Public Works

840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1900 • springfieldmo.gov