MCPHERSON – The City of McPherson has been named a 2017 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. The 2017-2018 season marks the 42nd anniversary of the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA program. McPherson is celebrating 40 years as a Tree City USA.
McPherson 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.
“Trees are vital to the public infrastructure of cities and towns throughout the country, providing numerous environmental social and economic benefits,” said Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation. “In fact, trees are the one piece of community infrastructure that actually increases in value over time.”
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. The Arbor Day Foundation promotes trees are assets to a community when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits. More information is available at arborday.org.