MAMMOTH SPRING -- For the fourth year in a row the city of Mammoth Spring has been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation.
As a special honor this year, the city received the Growth Award which recognizees environmental and higher levels of tree care in Tree City USA communities.
The city received the Growth Award for demonstrating progress in the community forestry program in the following areas:
* Education and public relations.
* Community-wide tree events.
* Youth Education
The Tree City USA Board will be giveing away trees donated by the Arkansas Department of Forestry March 14 at the Bluebird Workshop at the Mammoth Spring State Park. Free trees will also be available at Mammoth Spring City Hall starting March 16.
Tree City USA members include: Pat Best, Danny Busch, Donna Collins, Glenda Pryor, Charlie Vaughn and Myrna Newton.
Mammoth Spring has met the four standards to become a Tree City USA community by having a tree board or department; a tree care ordinance; a comprehensive community forestry program; and an Arbor Day observance.
"By being a Tree City USA member, we have been able to receive many grants for the city. This has allowed us to purchase chain saws, a tree trimmer and of course trees," Mammoth Spring Mayor Jean Pace said.
"A community, its elected officials and its citizens that provided needed care for its trees deserves recognition and thanks," said John Rosenow, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation.
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.
Pace said in the last four years the Tree City Board and city employees have planted over 300 trees around city property and in the future will be planting trees along the town branch.