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For the first time, the city of Citrus Heights has been named a 2018 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day
Foundation in honor of the City’s ongoing commitment to effective urban forest management.
Citrus Heights 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.
“Participating in the
program and receiving the Tree City USA designation was a goal set in 2015 with
the adoption of an Urban Forest Master Plan,” said Citrus Heights Mayor Jeannie
Bruins. “We are very proud of our commitment to trees and to be named as a Tree
The Arbor Day
Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission of inspiring people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. The foundation notes that 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.