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City recognized at Oklahoma Arbor Week Kickoff Celebration

The City of Norman was one of 38 organizations from across Oklahoma honored at the March 7 Oklahoma Forestry Services and Oklahoma Urban and Community Forestry Council’s annual Arbor Week Kickoff.

“We celebrate these groups that have worked hard to achieve Arbor Day Foundation certifications and are benefiting their communities and campuses in numerous ways,” said State Forester and Oklahoma Forestry Services Director Mark Goeller.  “We also encourage other communities and campuses to accept the challenge and begin improving the health and quality of life for people in their communities and on campuses.” 

The City achieved the national Tree City USA certification from the Arbor Day Foundation. Communities, campuses and utility companies can earn this special recognition by meeting core standards of sound community forestry management, maintaining a tree board, having a community tree ordinance, spending a minimum of two dollars per capita on community forestry activities, and celebrating Arbor Week.

“We are excited to be recognized as one of the nation’s Tree Cities for the 17th consecutive year,” said Lisa Griggs Norman Parks Department Senior Program Coordinator. “This certification represents the City’s ongoing commitment to maintaining our urban forestry.” 

For more information about obtaining an Arbor Day Foundation certification, contact Mark Bays, Oklahoma Forestry Services, at 405-522-6150 or mark.bays@ag.ok.gov or visit the Arbor Day Foundation website at https://www.arborday.org/.