MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. – Media representatives are invited to “get their hands dirty” April 25 as local Boy and Girl Scouts plant flowering cherry trees on McChord to honor the base’s 15th consecutive Tree City USA award.
A short ceremony will occur before the tree planting to recognize towns and cities that develop comprehensive urban forestry programs that benefit both the environment and mankind.
“Team McChord is honored to receive this award for the 15th year in a row,” said Michael Grenko, 62nd Civil Engineer Squadron Environmental Flight chief. “Protecting and preserving the environment by maintaining our trees and through many other actions will ensure a much healthier future for us and those after us.”
Four standards that must be met in order to qualify each year for Tree City USA are:
‚Ä¢ Someone must be legally responsible for the care and management of the community’s trees,
‚Ä¢ There must be a tree ordinance that establishes a tree board or forestry department that is responsible for writing and implementing an annual community forestry work plan,
‚Ä¢ A community forestry program that is supported by an annual budget of at least $2 per capita must exist,
‚Ä¢ And there must be an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
Trees in our cities and towns help clean the air, conserve soil and water, moderate temperature and bring nature into our daily lives, said John Rose, President of the National Arbor Day Foundation in a recent press release. Tree City USA designation recognizes the work of elected officials, staff and citizens who plant and care for the community forest.