For Immediate Release
March 14, 2017 Contact:
Parks and Recreation Department
Fayetteville Recognized as a 2016 Tree City USA Community
for Urban Forest Management
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Fayetteville is one of over 3,400 communities recently recognized as a 2016 Tree City USA Community
by the Arbor Day Foundation. This marks the twenty-second consecutive year of acknowledgement. Trees are vital to public infrastructure – providing numerous environmental, social, and economic benefits. Trees are the one piece of infrastructure that increases in value over time.
Fayetteville’s Tree City USA status communicates the City’s leadership in smart community planning and healthy urban forest management. The City’s system of parks, trails, and healthy urban canopy attracts visitors, new residents, and investors to the area. Green corridors, connections to nature and public spaces encourage recreation and bring people together – creating community building. Street trees reduce traffic speeds and soften harsh streetscapes. Tree canopy creates a healthier air quality, controls erosion, and filters storm water. Preservation of green infrastructure minimizes the need or intensity of “gray” infrastructure and drinking water costs.
The City’s recent tree planting projects include street trees along College Avenue between Maple and North Street, Rupple Road, and Mount Comfort Road.
Visit the Urban Forestry section
of the City’s website to learn about Fayetteville’s urban forest review resources such as invasive plants and native alternatives, proper tree mulching, and tree care tips.