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Clinton now a Tree City USA

According to a city press release, Clinton has been named a “2017 Tree City USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Tree City USA recognition is achieved by meeting 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
  • and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,” said Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation in the release, issued Friday. “Additionally, recognition brings res-idents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer en-gagement or public education.”

Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained, including helping to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increasing property values, reducing home cooling costs, removing air pollutants and providing wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.

More information on the program is available at www.arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.

About Jim Harris

Jim Harris has been WYSH's News & Sports Director since 2000. In addition to reporting local news, he is the play-by-play voice for Clinton High School football, boys' and girls' basketball and baseball. Catch Jim live weekdays beginning at 6:20 am for live local news, sports, weather and traffic plus the Community Bulletin Board, shenanigans with Ron Meredith and more on the Country Club Morning Show on WYSH & WQLA. Jim lives in Clinton with his wife Kelly and daughter Carolina, his mother-in-law and cats Lucius and Oliver.

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