In recognition of its Tree City USA Community status, Lake Havasu City representatives received the 14th consecutive award at a ceremony in Phoenix on April 23, 2015, conducted by the Arizona State Forestry Department. Lake Havasu City is one of 27 Arizona communities that received the award.
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, USDA Forest Service, and the National Association of State Foresters, and provides, among other things, national recognition for greener communities. The requirements to be a Tree City USA community are a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a commitment to a community forestry program and an Arbor Day observation and proclamation. Becoming a Tree City USA and achieving the program requirements will create a healthier sustainable urban forest that reduces energy costs and consumption, boosts property values, builds strong community ties, and honors the community.
To celebrate Arbor Day, and for the annual Tree City USA recognition, Maintenance Services staff planted eight trees at Dick Samp Memorial Park with nine students from the Nautilus Elementary After-School Program through the Recreation Division. In addition, Mayor Mark Nexsen attended to read a proclamation, and Mary Eidmann from Water Conservation attended to educate the students on the history of Arbor Day and how to conserve water.
For information on the City’s Memorial Tree Bench Program, visit:
http://www.lhcaz.gov/operations/maintenanceServices.html or call Jenny at 928-855-3377.
Additional information is available from the Maintenance Services Division, Lake Havasu City, at 855-3377.
Photo: Chuck Kandle and Robert Miranda of the Maintenance Services Division accepting the award.