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1999 - Government Awards - Education & Promotion - OK Forestry Services


Oklahoma Forestry Services and the Oklahoma Urban & Community Forestry Council have become partners in promoting the Tree City USA program throughout the state. Tree City USA was created by the National Arbor Day Foundation to challenge American cities to become better stewards of their urban forests through careful management of city trees. Forestry and the Council work diligently to offer guidance to every community that wants to adopt the Tree City USA approach to caring for its forest resources.

The two organizations have created a model recognition program to reward the achievements of these devoted friends of trees and to assure them that their work is appreciated. The Tree City Recognition Celebration is the kickoff for Arbor Week in Oklahoma. The event makes each Tree City representative an honored guest for a day of fun, pampering and networking at the state capitol. Public education and promotion of the Tree City program are continuous activities for both the Council and Forestry Services. The recognition event is growing each year and the goal is that more and more cities will attain Tree City status by planning for and protecting the Oklahoma urban forests and thereby helping to Keep Oklahoma Beautiful. OKLAHOMA FORESTRY SERVICES, THE URBAN FORESTRY COUNCIL AND TREE CITY USA ALL GOOD NEWS FOR OKLAHOMA'S ENVIRONMENT!