Media Release


Friday, April 20, 2007
For Immediate Release
Traffic/Public Works


City Of Las Vegas Celebrates Fifteen Years As A Tree City USA


Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman and Ward 4 Councilman Larry Brown will participate in an Arbor Day Foundation tree planting ceremony at Garehime Park located at Alexander Drive and Campbell Road on Friday, April 27. As part of a celebration to recognize the city’s program to care for community trees, the ceremony starts at 1 p.m.

The Arbor Day Foundation, a nonprofit 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.

“It is so important that we protect our 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.”

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 Brown are taking active roles in enhancing Garehime Park.

"The city of Las Vegas has shown a commitment to providing parks and open spaces,” said Ward 4 Councilman Larry Brown, who represents the area where the park is located. “Through the Tree City USA program we are able to increase the number of trees in our city parks for all residents 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 15th 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.

Who:        Mayor Oscar B. Goodman, Councilman Larry Brown
                 City Manager Doug Selby and the Department of Field Operations
What:       Tree City USA/Arbor Day Celebration
When:      1:00 p.m., Friday, April 27
Where:     Garehime Heights Park 3901 N. Campbell Rd
                            (Campbell & Alexander)


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