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04.17.15 Howard County named Tree City USA community

April 17, 2015

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Deidre McCabe, Director of Communications, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022

Howard County named Tree City USA community

80,000 trees planted since 2006

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman announced today that the Arbor Day Foundation has named Howard County a 2014 Tree City USA community for its commitment to effective urban forest management. It’s the 25th year in a row the County has won this award.

“Trees play a vital role in our everyday lives – they provide us with oxygen to breath, food to eat and shade from the hot summer sun. They also reduce stormwater runoff, fight soil erosion, improve air quality, control noise pollution and provide wildlife habitat,” said Kittleman. “We are honored to once again be named a Tree City USA community and recognized for our commitment to preserving these gentle giants.”

To achieve Tree City USA recognition, Howard County had to meet the following 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.

“Meeting these standards was a ‘walk in the park’ for Howard County thanks to our commitment to reforestation,” said Kittleman. Since 2006, the county has planted more than 80,000 trees throughout Howard County through a variety of programs. These programs include efforts to improve stream buffers, conserve forests, educate residents and maintain the county’s award-winning park system.

“Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Howard County make smart investments in urban forests,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits.”