Mount Gilead was named a 2016 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commiftlent to effective urban forest manaeement.

Mount Gilead achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s fou.requirements: a tree board or department, atree-care ordinance, an annual community foresuy budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,” said Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation. “

Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.” Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal ofa neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits. More infomation on the program is available at

About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people io plant, nudure, and celebrate trees. More information is available at

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