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51 Virginia Communities Earn Tree City USA Status

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Virginia Department of Forestry
Press Release

Ceremonies celebrating Tree City USA took place in 51 communities across Virginia. The towns, cities and military installations that have achieved Tree City USA certification satisfy guidelines from the Arbor Day Foundation (ADF).

"Trees are much more than a pretty face," said Barbara White, urban and community forester with the Virginia Department of Forestry (VDOF). "They're vital to our quality of life and the environment. They help clean the air we breathe and the water we drink. And, when properly placed beside a home, trees can even help us conserve energy."

The ADF reports 48 percent of Virginians live in a Tree City USA Community and local government spending on community forestry programs averages $6.28 per capita annually.

The 2012 designees are listed.  Criteria include: having a Tree Board or Department; a Tree Care Ordinance; a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

To learn how your community can become a Tree City USA, visit the Arbor Day Foundation at http://www.arborday.org/index.cfm or contact your local VDOF forester at http://www.dof.virginia.gov/.


Tree City USA Communities

Community                                                                      Years

Abingdon, Town of

11

Alexandria, City of

29

Arlington, County of

16

Ashland, Town of

21

Blacksburg, Town of

22

Buchanan, Town of

5

Charlottesville, City of

6

Chesapeake, City of

26

Danville, City of

20

Fairfax, City of

25

Fairfax, County of

29

Falls Church, City of

34

Farmville, Town of

6

Franklin, City of

28

Fredericksburg, City of

26

Front Royal, Town of

13

Harrisonburg, City of

8

Herndon, Town of

23

Leesburg, Town of

23

Lexington, City of

12

Little Creek-Fort Story

15

Luray, Town of

12

Lynchburg, City of

30

Manassas, City of 

22

Marion, Town of

10

Martinsville

6

Middleburg, Town of

11

NAS Oceana

18

NAS Oceana Dam Neck Annex

12

NASA Langley Research Center

2

Naval Station Norfolk

10

Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads

3

NAVSUPPACT NW Annex

10

Newport News, City of

29

Norfolk, City of

25

Onancock, Town of

22

Portsmouth, City of

29

Purcellville, Town of

6

Reston, Community of

18

Richmond, City of

21

Roanoke, City of

17

Roanoke, County of

14

Salem, City of

13

Surface Combat System Center    Wallops Is

16

Vienna, Town of

11

Vinton, Town of

10

Virginia Beach, City of

32

Warrenton, Town of

14

Waynesboro, City of

22

Winchester, City of

30

Woodstock Town of

7

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