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March 21, 2014

PV earns Tree City USA status

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — The city of Pauls Valley and the Pauls Valley Tree Board received special recognition for tree care at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City during the statewide Arbor Day celebration.

Pauls Valley has participated in the Tree City USA program for 33 years.

Pauls Valley is among 21 cities, two Air Force bases and five public utilities that have been designated as a Tree City USA community or Tree Line USA utility in Oklahoma this year.

In addition, seven college and university campuses have attained Tree Campus USA status.

To earn Tree City USA status from the Arbor Day Foundation, a city must establish a tree board, create a tree ordinance, spend at least $2 per capita annually on a community forestry program and celebrate Arbor Day with an official proclamation and city-wide observance.

Pauls Valley planted and maintained trees and distributed educational material to receive Tree City USA recognition.

“The city of Pauls Valley is honored to be recognized as a Tree City USA for 33 years,” said Jennifer Samford, local Parks and Recreation director.

“Trees are a valuable part of our community and quality of life.”

Featured speakers at the event were Urban Forestry Coordinator Mark Bays with Oklahoma Forestry Services; Ed Macie, Regional Urban Forestry program manager with the USDA Forest Service in Atlanta, Ga.; and Jared Carlson, development manager, Related-Business Ventures with the Arbor Day Foundation in Nebraska City, Neb.

Macie urged Oklahoma’s communities to take better care of hard-working urban trees to reap environmental benefits.

Carlson explained the energy-savings potential of properly selected trees.

“I could not imagine living in a world without trees,” said Bays.

“It’s inspirational to see so many Oklahomans working together to insure this valuable resource will always be with us.”

Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry coordinates the Tree City USA, Tree Line USA and Tree Campus USA programs in Oklahoma.

It co-sponsors the annual celebration at the state capital with assistance from the Oklahoma Urban and Community Forestry Council, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to public education about the benefits of trees.

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