(Greendale, Ind.) - A couple local cities are being recognized for their tree preservation and beautification efforts.
Greendale and Batesville were among 65 Indiana cities named a Tree City USA last week by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry.
The distinction is for the cities’ outstanding management of urban forests. To achieve Tree City USA, communities must draft and pass a public tree care ordinance, designate a municipal department and tree advisory committee, spend at least $2 per capita for the tree care program, and have an Arbor Day observance and proclamation, according to the DNR.
“In 2012, Indiana’s 65 Tree Cities planted more than 14,500 trees, removed 15,800 (some due to trees lost to the invasive Emerald Ash Borer), and pruned 45,357. These municipalities are to be commended for utilizing the urban forest as a tool to enhance economic development, environmental health, and quality of life in their community,” said State Forester John Seifert.
While Greendale has been a Tree City USA for each of the past several years, it was Batesville’s first time making the list.
A list of the 65 honorees is below. Sixteen of the cities denoted with a * also received the Growth Award, which exemplifies a higher standard of excellence for urban forestry management:
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