Treasuring trees: Arbor Day recognition educates next generation
Thursday marked National Arbor Day and Maxwell's 18th consecutive annual designation as a Tree City USA.
The Tree City USA designation is awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service. It denotes cities that have made a commitment to urban forestry by having a tree board, a community tree ordinance, a community forestry program with a budget of $2 per person, and an Arbor Day observance or proclamation.
The base was also awarded the Tree City USA Growth Award for increased commitment to its urban forestry program.
During the ceremony held at the Gunter Child Development Center, the center's children were present at the ceremony that included the reading of an Arbor Day proclamation from the 42nd Air Base Wing, a presentation of the Tree City USA award to Vice Commander Col. Christopher Sharpe, a parade and the planting of new trees around the center.