According to a press release issued by Talladega City Manager Brian Muenger, “In order to qualify for this designation, Talladega met the four standards to become a Tree City USA community. Tree City USA community must have a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a community forestry program with at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.”
The release goes on to quote Community Appearance Director Mitch Bast as saying “Trees are of vital importance for beauty and wellbeing of our city. Trees bring shade to our homes and improve the appearance of our neighborhoods. Thanks to all the city officials and workers involved in the care of those trees.”
Muenger said “everyone benefits when a community like Talladega works together planting and caring for our trees. (These benefits include) cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings and increased property values. Trees are one of our nation’s most beautiful resources.”
The Arbor Day Foundation is the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees. The Tree City USA program is cosponsored by the foundation with the cooperation of National Association of State Foresters and the US (Department of Agriculture) Forest Service.
For more information, please visit www.arborday.org/TreeCityUSA or their Facebook page.