The city of Harker Heights was named a 2013 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.
Heights has achieved this designation for the past three years and was recognized for meeting the program’s four requirements: having a tree board department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
“We pursued certification of becoming a Tree City USA community because we wanted to be good stewards,” said Heather Cox, activities coordinator. “As a Tree City USA community we have implanted a tree-care ordinance that sets the standards to preserving the trees in our community, current and future.”
Cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings and increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities, according to the Arbor Day Foundation website.
“As a Tree City USA community we are provided with greater resources that will educate our citizens on the importance of trees and the care that needs to take place to provide a sustainable future for Harker Heights,” Cox said. “Receiving this designation year after year is just a round of applause from the Arbor Day Foundation congratulating the citizens of Harker Heights for a job well done. It means a lot for a small community like ours to receive an award that is only given to those who work hard and meet all four standards.”