Media Release


Tuesday, November 21, 2006
For Immediate Release


City of Las Vegas Celebrates Fourteen Years As A Tree City USA


Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman and Ward 6 Councilman Steven D. Ross will participate in an Arbor Day Foundation tree planting ceremony at Sunny Springs Park located at Buffalo Drive and Golden Talon Avenue on Tuesday, November 28. As part of a celebration to recognize the city’s program to care for community trees, the ceremony starts at 9:30 a.m.

The Arbor Day Foundation, a non-profit education organization that helps people plant and care for trees, sponsors the Tree City USA program with the support of the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.
"Sunny Springs Park provides so many recreational activities for the residents in the northwest," Councilman Ross said. "Supporting Arbor Day by planting a tree at this park will be the perfect addition to the community."

The Tree City USA Program was developed after Pat Rowley, urban forestry state specialist, read about the resolution that was adopted at the 71st annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors to promote the preservation and creation of urban forests. The resolution states that urban forests provide green infrastructure for cities, linking communities to recreational areas and green spaces, improving the quality of life for residents and allowing residents to take an active role in planting, protecting and restoring forest areas. In support of this resolution, Mayor Goodman and Councilman Ross are taking active roles in preserving the urban park in Centennial Hills.

“The city has been a leader when it comes to protecting the environment and our precious resources,” said Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman. “By planting these trees we are leaving something for future generations to enjoy.”

In addition to planting a community tree during the event, the National Arbor Day Foundation plans to name Las Vegas as a Tree City USA, in recognition of the city’s program to care for community trees. This is the 14th year that the city of Las Vegas will receive the award.  Matthew Koepnick, of the Nevada Division of Forestry, will present the Tree City USA flag to the city of Las Vegas during the ceremony.


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