Selma named Tree City USA by Arbor Day Foundation – Selma Sun

Selma was named a 2021 Tree City USA by the Abor Day Foundation for its emphasis on urban forest management. 

Selma was given the honor after meeting several requirements for recognition, these being: forming a tree board or department, creating a tree care ordinance, having an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. 

According to a press release by the Arbor Day Foundation, urban tree planting can help in reducing energy costs, as well as provide cooling, increase property value and other benefits. 

Arbor Day Foundation will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year. 

“Tree City USA communities benefit from the positive effects that an urban tree canopy has year after year,” said the foundation’s president, Dan Lambe.

“The trees being planted and cared for by Selma ensure that generations to come will enjoy a better quality of life. Additionally, participation in this program helps cultivate a sense of stewardship and pride for the trees the community plants and cares for.”

The program is sponsored by Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.