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Bristol Named as Tree City USA Community

May 27, 2010

The Arbor Day Foundation recently congratulated Bristol on being named a Tree City USA community for 2009. This is the twenty-second year Bristol has earned this national designation.

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

Bristol met four standards to become a Tree City USA community. A community must have a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

“We commend Bristol’s elected officials, volunteers and its citizens for providing vital care for its urban forest,” said John Rosenow, CEO and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees provide numerous environmental, economical and health benefits to millions of people each day.”

Terry Napier of Bristol’s Parks and Recreation Department said, “The Tree Board has given tremendous time and effort to ensure that the city retains this designation, much thanks is owed to them. All citizens should take great pride in this recognition.”