The Arbor Day Foundation recognized Sugar Land as a Tree City USA community. Texas Forest Service Regional Forester Mickey Merritt presented the award to Mayor James Thompson during a City Council meeting on April 17.
“Sugar Land is one of only 73 communities in Texas to receive this recognition and the first in Fort Bend County,” said Merritt.
Four standards are considered for Tree City USA recognition, including:
• an established tree board or department;
• a tree-care ordinance;
• a community forestry program with annual expenditures of at least $2 per capita; and
• an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
“TreeCity USA designation tells residents and visitors alike that here is a community that cares about its environment and values the quality of life of its residents,” said Merritt. “It creates community pride and presents the kind of image that most people want for their community.”
According to the Arbor Day Foundation, trees provide many environmental, economic and social benefits. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the U.S. Forest Service.
Sugar Land held this year’s Arbor Day celebration during the Concert in the Park Earth Day event on April 22 at Oyster Creek Park.
The event was intended to celebrate Earth Day as well as Sugar Land’s Tree City USA designation and provided tree and environmental education to the public.