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Sarasota named a Tree City USA for 32nd consecutive year

For Immediate Release: January 25, 2018

Post Date:01/30/2018 8:45 AM

Contact:  Kate Flexter, Communications Specialist   941-928-3988
                    kate.flexter@sarasotafl.gov

Sarasota, FL:  The City of Sarasota has been named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation for the 32nd year in a row. The 2017 Tree City USA award recognizes the City’s commitment to maintaining and expanding a healthy tree canopy in Sarasota.

 

Sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters,Tree lined street in the City of Sarasota. the Tree City USA Program honors more than 3,400 cities with this distinction based on four requirements.

The city must have (1) a tree board or department, (2) a tree care ordinance, (3) an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and (4) an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

 The City of Sarasota meets those requirements and goes beyond them, supporting innovative programs like the Community Canopy Project, offering trees to residents at no cost.

 In the end, maintaining a healthy tree line not only improves the visual appeal of the City’s neighborhoods, but it also increases property values, decreases energy bills and protects the environment.

 For more information, visit: www.ArborDay.org/TreeCityUSA

 Contact Jerry Fogle, Parks and Recreation Director, with additional questions: (941) 954-4182 ext. 3310.

 

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About the City of Sarasota: 
Distinguished by Google as a Digital Capital in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 53,000 year round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles.  Learn more about us at www.SarasotaGov.com

 

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