ANDERSON, Ind. — The city of Anderson has once again been designated as Tree City USA after meeting and exceeding the requirements set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Greg Spencer, spokesman for Anderson’s Tree Commission, said the designation opens grant opportunities for the city, but more importantly shows that the city is on the right track.
“This proves we are meeting the standards for our urban forest,” Spencer said. “Getting the designation solidifies that we are doing the right things.”
Some of the steps that need to be taken for the Tree City designation include hosting an Arbor Day celebration and spending at least $1 per capita. Spencer said the city easily surpassed the designations and spent close to $200,000 on improving the trees and shrubs in Anderson.
Spencer said the flora the city has to take care of encompasses all the trees and shrubs on city property. He said the majority of that resides on city streets and in city parks.
He said Anderson is also home to a forest in the White River park, which he said is unique to city’s Anderson’s size.
This is the 22nd time Anderson has received the designation of Tree City, and Spencer said the city plans on meeting and exceeding the requirements for years to come.
Spencer said there are many reasons for the city to work on its urban forest. The main reason is the positive appearance trees give city streets.
“A good healthy forest directly improves the aesthetics of a city,” he said. “Trees stand out and people notice them.”
He said well-maintained trees and shrubs also counteract heat spikes in the summer because of the shade and help increase property values.
Spencer said the city is excited about the designation and plans on working to continue beautifying the city through the program.
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