OTTUMWA NAMED 'TREE CITY USA'

Ottumwa Named ‘Tree City USA’

(OTTUMWA, Iowa) – The City of Ottumwa, Iowa was named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. Ottumwa 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 Dam Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”

Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.

More information on the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA

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