Staunton, Waynesboro earn Tree City status
The towns, cities and military installations that have achieved Tree City USA certification satisfy guidelines from the Arbor Day Foundation.
“Trees are much more than a pretty face,” said Barbara White, urban and community forester with the Virginia Department of Forestry. “They’re vital to our quality of life and the environment – trees are part of our ‘green infrastructure.’ They help clean the air we breathe and the water we drink. And, when properly placed beside a home, trees can even help us conserve energy.”
The NASA Langley Research Center and the Town of Broadway are new to the list this year.
Criteria include: having a Tree Board or Department; a Tree Care Ordinance; a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.