The City of Alexandria has been recognized as a 2019 Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation. “Residents of Alexandria should be proud to live in a community that makes the planting and care of trees a priority,” said Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation in a letter to Alexandria Mayor Jeffrey W. Hall.
Alexandria is one of more than 3,600 Tree City USA Communities. The Tree City USA program, established in 1976, is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. This is the 26th time Alexandria has earned the Tree City USA distinction. Only New Orleans (38), Shreveport and Lafayette (28 each) have earned the award more times in Louisiana.
“We are pleased to receive this honor,” Mayor Hall said. “We only have one planet, and it is up to us to take care of it. Darren Green, our urban forester, does a tremendous job with our trees and plants and it makes a difference. In addition to making the city look more attractive, these environmentally friendly efforts help improve air quality, aid in water management, drainage and erosion control and they contribute to improving the overall health of the community.”
An official presentation of the award will be made later this year. Arbor Day is an annual observation that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care. It was first observed as a formal holiday in 1872 in Nebraska.