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Edmond Oklahoma - City of Edmond earns Tree City USA Growth Award 09 June 2022 ( news )
Edmond , state Oklahoma ( By Press Release office)
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The City of Edmond is a great place to grow – especially when it comes to trees .
The Arbor Day Foundation recognized the City’s Urban Forestry program recently , awarding Edmond with the 2021 Tree City Growth Award . The award goes to Tree City USA member cities that demonstrate measurable environmental improvement and a higher level of tree care .
“The City of Edmond’s Urban Forestry department’s commitment to promote , preserve , and enhance Edmond’s regional urban forest and overall environment is a huge contributing factor to our community’s level of quality of life , ” said Darrell A . Davis , Mayor of Edmond . “This is not merely a one - day - a - year effort , but a year - round , continuous focus on outreach , active forest resource management and sustainable environmental stewardship , and this rightfully recognizes those efforts and the successful partnership with our residents . ”
Five categories are measured and scored on a points - based system , with major milestones and annual activities focused on building sustainable community forestry programs over the long term – efforts like building a team , measuring trees and forest areas , planning for programs , executing those plans and building a sustained community framework .
Integral to Edmond’s selection is the recent adoption of forest preservation ordinances that will shape how future residential developments are carried out when it comes to removal and planting of trees on undeveloped land . The major change requires that when a neighborhood is designed , at least 20 percent of the area will be set aside for tree preservation and open space . If there are no trees to be preserved , the planting of trees will be required . The area that is set aside will become common area for all future property owners within the neighborhood .
Other innovative and growing programs , like Foster - A - Tree and the annual Arbor Day Art Contest , as well as partnerships like the Energy - Saving Trees Program with Edmond Electric , have helped Edmond’s Urban Forestry efforts continue to grow .
“Tree City USA communities can experience the positive effects that an urban canopy has year after year , ” said Dan Lambe , chief executive officer of the Arbor Day Foundation . “The trees being planted and cared for my Edmond ensure that generations to come will enjoy a better quality of life . Additionally , participation in this program helps cultivate a sense of stewardship and pride for the trees the community plants and cares for . ”
Learn more about the City’s Urban Forestry programs and efforts at edmondok . gov/614/Urban - Forestry .
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