Demopolis named Tree City

Published 10:01 am Friday, April 30, 2010

Demopolis has been recognized by the non-profit Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry.

It’s the 25th year the city has earned this distinction.

“We commend Demopolis’ elected officials, volunteers and its citizens for providing vital care for its urban forest,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees provide numerous environmental, economical and health benefits to millions of people each day, and we applaud communities that make planting and caring for trees a top priority.”

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The Tree City USA Program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

Communities that earn Tree City USA designation not only have taken the time to meet the four standards, they recognize that threes:

promote healthier communities by filtering the air we breathe by removing dust and other particles.

moderate climate, conserve water and provide habitat for wildlife.

reduce the heat island effect in urban areas caused by pavement and buildings.

increase property values and reduce energy use and add beauty to our homes and neighborhoods.