During the state of Georgia’s Arbor Day celebration, Athens-Clarke County was recertified as a Tree City USA community, making this 18 years and counting.
To earn this distinction, Tree Cities USA must meet four requirements. They must maintain a tree board or department, have a public tree protection ordinance, spend at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and host a celebration of Arbor Day.
“Trees connect all of us,” said Chuck Williams, Georgia Forestry Commission Director. “Citizens in Tree Cities USA can be proud of their community leaders’ commitment to trees and forested land – on Arbor Day and every other day of the year.”