Marion, SC - MARION, SC (WMBF) – The City of Marion is being recognized for its commitment to urban forestry and its community's trees.
The city has been named a Tree City USA for the 18th year by the Arbor Day Foundation.
Mayor Rodney Berry says Marion received the award because the city demonstrates its decision to care for its trees year after year through proper tree planting and maintenance.
"We understand the important role trees play in our lives," Berry said. "Such as providing cover that helps us have a healthier and cooler place to live and acting as filters for dust and other air-borne particles."
Berry says the award is a tribute to the city's street and sanitation departments and to the members of the Azalea Garden Club and City Tree Commission and the work they do.
Communities that earn Tree City USA recognition have to meet four standards. They must have a tree commission, a tree care ordinance, a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least two dollars per capita and an Arbor Day Observance and Proclamation.
Marion joins several other Pee Dee communities in gaining the award.