City of Florence – Tree City 39th Year

Published Nov 04, 2019

On Thursday, October 3, 2019, during the monthly meeting of the Parks and Beautification Commission, the City of Florence was recognized for the 39th consecutive year as having earned Tree City USA status. 

The Tree City USA Award is an Arbor Day Foundation program in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service.  On hand to present the award was Lois Edwards of the U.S. Forest Service.  Edwards indicated that the award is made up of the following four components, all of which must be met to receive the honor:  Have an established Tree Board or Department that is responsible for the oversight of trees within the community; have a tree care ordinance; have a tree care budget of at least $2.00 per capita; and an Arbor Day Proclamation and Observance. 

In addition, Edwards presented the City with its 14th Growth Award, an award that is also awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation to recognize higher levels of tree care by participating Tree City USA communities.  The Growth Award highlights innovative programs and projects as well as increased commitment of resources for urban forestry.  Roger Malfatti, chairperson of the Parks and Beautification Commission and other members of the commission accepted the awards on behalf of the City.