MAMMOTH SPRING -- Mammoth Spring has been named a Tree City USA community by The National Arbor Day Foundation. This is the second year the city has received national recognition.
Mammoth Spring Mayor Jean Pace said the city is also the recipient of a Tree City USA Growth Award. "The growth award was presented to our city for demonstrating progress in our community forestry program in the following areas: education and public relations; publicity events, planning and management, park and open space, tree planting and maintenance, and special tree planting projects," Pace said.
A Tree City USA spokesperson said the prestigious growth award recognizes environmental improvements and higher levels of tree care in Tree City USA communities.
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.
"Mammoth Spring has met the four standards to become a Tree City USA community," she said. Those four standards are: a tree board or department; a tree care ordinance; a comprehensive community forestry program; and an Arbor Day observance.
"Trees in our cities and towns help clean the air, conserve the soil and water, moderate temperatures and bring nature into our daily lives," said John Rosenow, president of the National Arbor Day Foundation.
"Tree City USA designation recognizes the work of elected officials, staff and citizens who plant and care for the community forest," Rosenow said. "Trees are a vital component of the infrastructure in our cities and towns, and provide environmental and economical benefits," Rosenow said.