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Bentonville, AR Named Tree City USA

Posted: March 18 2014

Bentonville, AR -- March 18, 2014...Bentonville, AR was named a 2013 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.  Bentonville has earned this national designation for 16 consecutive years.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

Bentonville has met the four requirements to achieve the Tree City USA designation: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an annual forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

“Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Bentonville make smart investments in urban forests,” said John Rosenow, founder and Chief Executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits.” 

Communities that earn Tree City USA recognition not only have taken the time to meet the four standards, they know that trees:

• Promote healthier communities by filtering the air we breathe by removing dust and other particles.
• Moderate climate, conserve water and provide vital habitat for wildlife.
• Reduce the heat island effect in urban areas caused by pavement and buildings.
• Increase property values and reduce energy use and add beauty to our homes and neighborhoods. 

For questions, please contact Danielle Shasteen at dshasteen@bentonvillear.com or (479) 271-6826. 

About the Arbor Day Foundation

The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit, conservation and education organization of one million members, with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information on the Foundation and its programs can be found at www.arborday.org.