Nearly 60 communities across Virginia are celebrating their Tree City USA certification from the Arbor Day Foundation.
The Virginia Department of Forestry says 57 towns, cities and
military installations have received the designation.
Officials with the department say trees are much more than just
pleasing to look at, they are vital to quality of life and the
environment. They say trees can help clean the air and water, as
well as help conserve energy in homes.
Criteria for the certification includes having a tree board or department; having a tree care ordinance, an Arbor Day observance
and proclamation, and a community forestry program with an annual
budget of at least $2 per capita.
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