Sunday, May 29, 2011

Covington named Tree City USA for 17th consecutive year - Covington, LA

News : Covington named Tree City USA : St. Tammany, LA

For the 17th consecutive year, the Arbor Day Foundation has named Covington a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry.

The program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

To quality, the city has to have four standards: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance; a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

From moss-laden oak trees in the middle of the street to magnolias, river oaks, crepe myrtles, and pines, trees can be found everywhere in Covington, named a Tree City USA community for the 17th consecutive year by the Arbor Day Foundation. (Staff Photo by Debbie Glover)

In fact, Covington has a tree ordinance and requires a permit to cut down a tree.

There are a lot of trees in the city, including the parks and residential areas as well as streetscapes.

“We commend Covington’s elected officials, volunteers and its citizens for providing vital care for its urban forest,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees provide numerous environmental, economical and health benefits to millions of people each day, and we applaud communities that make planting and caring for trees a top priority.”

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