Posted on: April 4, 2018

Arbor Day Foundation Names Hagerstown Tree City USA, Growth Award Winner

Aerial view of South Potomac Street

Hagerstown was named a 2017 Tree
City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effectiveurban forest management. The community also received a Growth Award for
demonstrating environmental improvement and higher levels of tree care. 

Hagerstown recognizes that treesare vital to the public infrastructure of cities, providing numerous
environmental, social, and economic benefits. In the last five years, the Cityplanted over 1,000 trees throughout our community! In 2017, more than 1,550
trees were trimmed or received other maintenance from City staff acrossmultiple departments.

In order to achieve the Tree City
USA recognition, the City had to meet the program’s four requirements: 

·        A tree board or department

·        A tree care ordinance

·        An annual community forestry budget of at least
$2 per capita

·        An Arbor Day observance and proclamation

The City of Hagerstown will observe
Arbor Day with a ceremony at City Park in the area of the Hager House onFriday, April 27
 at 11:00 a.m. The community is invited to attend,
and local students will be planting trees.

Hagerstown joins one of 3,400 TreeCity USAs. The program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership
with the US Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.State foresters will present the awards at a time to be determined.


Attached photo shows a view of
South Potomac Street.

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