Auburn, Ala. - Auburn has been recognized as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for the 30th consecutive year in honor of the City's commitment to effective urban forest management. Auburn achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four requirements: 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.
The annual recognition is greatly due to the hard working citizens on the City's council-appointed tree commission. The commission is made up of a group of citizens who advise the City on proper tree care and planting and are committed to growth and preservation of the urban tree canopy. Each year, the Auburn Tree Commission distributes free seedlings to the public at various events including the Auburn Christmas Parade and Arbor Day.
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. Cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings and increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities.