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Schriever receives 11th Tree City USA status

By Staff Sgt. Amanda Delisle

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

Schriever was recently named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation for the eleventh year, recognizing the base’s commitment to community forestry.

The Tree City USA program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, provides direction, technical assistance, public attention and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs of cities across America.

“It’s amazing that we have garnered this designation for eleven years, considering funding, personnel challenges and droughts that we’ve experienced,” said Al Fernandez, 50th Civil Engineer Squadron Interim conservation manager. “It’s a reflection of Team Schriever’s commitment to excellence in all we do. It’s also an incentive to continue and promote this aspect of our environmental conservation and protection work at Schriever that enhances quality of life through a sound urban and community forestry program. ”

Schriever met four conditions to qualify for this status. The base has a tree board, tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

The award also recognizes that the base not only meets certain standards, it also acknowledges that trees promote a healthy community, moderate climate, conserve water, reduce heat and provide habitat for wildlife.

“A community, its elected officials and its citizens that provide needed care for its trees deserves recognition and thanks,” said John Rosenow, Arbor Day Foundation chief executive. “Trees are a vital component of the infrastructure in our cities and towns, and they also provide environmental and economical benefits. Cities that are recognized with a Tree City USA designation go to great lengths to plant and care for the community forest.”

Schriever will have a Tree City USA award presentation and tree planting ceremony during a celebration of Arbor and Earth Days at 10 a.m. April 21 at the Child Development Center.

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