HOT SPRINGS -- The City of Hot Springs has been named “Tree City USA” for the fourteenth consecutive year by the National Arbor Day Foundation. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the NADF in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.
Hot Springs has met the four standards to become a Tree City USA community; 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. “Trees in our cities and towns help clean the air, conserve soil and water, moderate temperature, and bring nature into our daily lives,” said John Rosenow, NADF chief executive. “Tree City USA designation recognizes the work of elected officials, staff and citizens who plant and care for the community forest.”
“Trees are a vital component of the infrastructure in our cities and towns, and provide environmental and economic benefits,” Rosenow added. “A community, and its citizens, that recognize these benefits and provide needed care for its trees deserves recognition and thanks.”