The Newnan Times-Herald


Chattahoochee Hills recognized as Tree City USA

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Feb. 21, 2019 - 11:53 PM

Chattahoochee Hills was named a Tree City USA during the state Arbor Day celebration on Feb. 7.

To become a Tree City USA community, an area must meet four requirements created by the Arbor Day Foundation.

The community must have a tree board or department, a community tree ordinance, specific spending for urban forestry and planned Arbor Day celebrations.

According to the Arbor Day Foundation, there are 155 Tree Cities USA in Georgia and more than 3,400 nationwide.

“What we are doing today is paying homage to all the people who value trees and recognize the benefits they bring us,” said Chattahoochee Hills council member Alan Merrill.

In Georgia, the third Friday of February is annually designated as Arbor Day.

"Trees clean our air, filter our water, spur economic growth and provide countless opportunities to enjoy recreation, contributing to a better quality of life.” said Chuck Williams, director of the Georgia Forestry Commission.

“Citizens in Tree Cities USA can be proud of their community leaders' commitment to trees and forested land – on Arbor Day and every other day of the year,” Williams said.