Date of release: March 20, 2018
The Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters has named Paducah a 2017 Tree City USA. This is the 26th consecutive year Paducah has achieved this honor recognizing the efforts by the community to make the planting and care of trees a priority.
Mayor Brandi Harless says, “Communities worldwide are facing issues with air quality, water resources, personal health and well-being, and energy use. Paducah is stepping up to do its part by making an ongoing commitment to the management of our urban forest.”
Arbor Day Foundation President Dan Lambe says, “Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand. Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”
In recognition of the importance of trees regarding economic development and beautification, at its March 13 meeting, the Paducah Board of Commissioners approved a motion directing the creation of a tree conservation strategy for Paducah.
Planning Director Tammara Tracy will be preparing a draft tree conservation plan for the Board to review. Tracy says, “It’s important to recognize that trees are a critical element of our infrastructure network.”
Paducah achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. Paducah is one of more than 3,400 Tree City USAs.
Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained. Some of the benefits include improving the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increasing property values, reducing home cooling costs, removing air pollutants, and providing wildlife habitat.
More information about the Tree City USA program is available at https://arborday.org/treecityusa.