DARLINGTON, SC (WMBF) - The Arbor Day Foundation has named the City of Darlington as a 2013 Tree City USA, in honor of the city's commitment to effective urban forest management.
This is the 17th consecutive year the City has earned the Tree City USA designation.
Darlington achieved this 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.
"Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers, and committed citizens in communities like Darlington make smart investments in urban forests," said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social, and environmental benefits."
Cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings and increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities. Trees are vital to the public infrastructure of cities and are the one piece of community infrastructure that actually increases in value over time.
Darlington joins more than 3,400 communities with the designation of Tree City USA with a combined population of 140 million. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.