Tree City USA
For the 23rd consecutive year Odessa has earned the recognition ‘Tree City USA’ from the Arbor Day Foundation.
The City’s Parks Department is committed to effective urban forest management which is a vital element of public infrastructure. To earn the ‘Tree City USA’ title the City must meet the following 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 provide multiple benefits 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.
‘Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,” said Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”
The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. Learn more about the foundation by visiting arborday.org.
To learn more about the Tree City USA program visit ArborDay.org/TreeCityUSA. For more information about the City’s recognition contact Scott Anderson, Assistant Parks Director, at 432-368-3548.