SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The Arbor Day Foundation named Surfside Beach a 2012 Tree City USA, for its commitment to effective urban forest management, according to a press release from the Arbor Day Foundation.
This is the fifth year Surfside Beach has received this national distinction. Surfside meets the programs' four requirements for inclusion, including a tree or board department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capital and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
"Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Surfside Beach make smart investments in urban forests," said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation.
The Arbor Day Foundation sponsors the Tree City USA program in partnership with the US Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.
"Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits," continued Rosenow.
Among the benefits Surfside Beach gains from being a Tree City USA community are cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings and increased property values.
More information on the Tree City USA program can be found at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.