Feb 5, 2014 4:24 PM
The city of Oroville has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation for the 34th consecutive year. Oroville has over 10,000 trees which provide shade in the summer and beautiful blooms in the spring.
The Tree City USA Program is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the United States Department of Agriculture, Department of Forest Service, and the National Association of State Foresters. A community must meet four standards to be considered. The standards include having a comprehensive community forestry program, a tree care ordinance, a tree board or department, and an Arbor Day observance. “Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Oroville make smart investments in urban forests,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation.
Arbor Day traces its roots back to 1872 when Sterling Morton, Secretary of Agriculture under President Cleveland, began the program. Forty-four states and territories now celebrate Arbor Day with hundreds of thousands of acres of trees planted by human hands.
Trees are important to neighborhoods because of the numerous economic, environmental and social benefits they provide. The city of Oroville will have a special tree planting ceremony on, March 13, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. The ceremony will be held at the Stanford Avenue School and details of the ceremony will be announced later.