Conway Named Tree City USA
Arbor Day Foundation Names Conway Tree City USA
CONWAY, SC - The City of Conway was named a 2017 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.
Conway 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.
Mayor Barbara Blain-Bellamy says the City of Conway has consistently valued its trees and is proud of its repeated 'Tree City' designation.
"We are cognizant of the health, environmental, and aesthetic benefits they bring. We are committed to continually safeguarding existing trees and replacing those lost to disease and other acts of nature," said Blain-Bellamy.
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.
"Our majestic live oak trees are known as our oldest residents. Not only are streets designed around them, they are icons of Conway's history and culture," said Blain-Bellamy.
Dan Lambe is the president of the Arbor Day foundation and says Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community.
"Recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it's through volunteer engagement or public education," said Lambe.
More information on the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.
About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees.