The City of Ocala has been named a 2020 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.
Ocala achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “The trees being planted and cared for by Ocala are ensuring that generations to come will enjoy a better quality of life. Additionally, participation in this program brings residents together and creates a sense of civic pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education. With Tree City USA recognition, Ocala has demonstrated a commitment to effective urban forest management and doing its part to help address these challenges for Ocala residents now and in the future.”
The Arbor Day Foundation is a million-member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. More information is available at arborday.org.