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April 9, 2014
                                                                                                                                        
Tree Cities go the extra mile for healthy urban forests
Arbor Day celebrates 84 Tree Cities throughout the state

OLYMPIA – Today is Arbor Day, and this year, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is recognizing 84 cities that have been chosen as a Tree City USA®. DNR recognizes cities that earn the Tree City USA® title for their efforts in keeping urban forests healthy and vibrant.

Planting the right trees in the right places conserves energy and reduces your energy bills, while helping to fight climate change. Properly placed trees save energy by providing summer shade, winter warmth, and seasonal windbreaks. Trees also provide many environmental services such as contributing to cool and clean water.

To be acknowledged as a Tree City USA® by the Arbor Day Foundation, a city needs to have either a tree board or a city department that is responsible for tree care and management (or both), establish a tree ordinance, spend at least $2 per capita on tree care, and celebrate Arbor Day.

To learn how to properly plant and care for new trees, visit the International Society of Arboriculture website at www.treesaregood.com.

Washington State 2013 Tree City USA® Award Winners
Below is a list of the number of years each city has been a Tree City USA®.

City / Years
Airway Heights /11
Anacortes /13
Arlington /12
Auburn /11
Bainbridge Island/9
Bellevue /23
Bellingham /18
Bonney Lake /9
Bothell /14
Bremerton / 18
Burien /13
Cashmere /27
Centralia /6
Chelan /7
Cheney /4
Clyde Hill /21
Colfax /9
Colville /13
Covington /12
Dupont /5
Edmonds /3
Ellensburg /31
Entiat /14
Enumclaw /12
Everett /21
Fairchild /20
Fairfield /10 

City / Years
Fife /5
George /11
Grandview /17
Hoquiam /6
Issaquah /21
Kennewick /14
Kent /12
Kirkland /12
Lacey /23
Lake Forest Park /11
Liberty Lake /11
Longview /30
Lynnwood /15
Marysville /5
Medina /8
Town of Millwood /7
Newcastle /7
North Bend /3
Oak Harbor /11
Okanogan /17
Olympia /21
Omak /17
Oroville /6
Pasco /7
Pateros /1
Port Townsend /13
Poulsbo /17
Pullman /17
City / Years
Redmond /15
Renton /6
Richland /16
Ritzville /4
Rockford /3
SeaTac /5
Seattle /29
Shoreline /2
Snoqualmie /4
Spokane /11
Town of Steilacoom /10
Sumner /20
Tacoma /20
Tonasket /8
Town of Hunts Point /23
Town of Waterville /15
Tukwila /12
Tumwater /19
Town of Twisp /14
University Place /14
Vancouver /25
Walla Walla /20
Wenatchee /8
Woodinville /18
Woodland /7
Town of Woodway /8
Yarrow Point /4
Yelm /18

Urban and Community Forestry
DNR’s Urban and Community Forestry Program, guided by the Washington Community Forestry Council, works to educate citizens and decision-makers about the economic, environmental, psychological, and aesthetic benefits of trees. Program staff assist local governments, citizen groups and volunteers with planting and sustaining healthy trees and vegetation where Washington residents live and work.

Media Contact: Janet Pearce, Communications Manager, 360-902-1122, janet.pearce@dnr.wa.gov

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