Media Release

 

Friday, May 15, 2009
For Immediate Release
Communications

 

City of Las Vegas Celebrates 17 Years As A Tree City USA

 

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman and Ward 4 Councilman David W. Steinman plan to participate in an Arbor Day Foundation tree planting ceremony at Doc Romeo Park located at West Cheyenne Avenue and Ronemus Drive at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 22. The ceremony is being held to recognize the city’s program to care for community trees and to celebrate 17 years as a Tree City USA. Mayor Goodman and Councilman Steinman will be joined by Nevada Shade Tree Council President Lisa Ortega, Mary Weisenmiller and her second grade class from D’Vorre and Hal Ober Elementary School.

“We are all the guardians of our environment and of our precious resources,” Mayor Goodman said. “By planting trees that are fitting for our area, we are making a positive difference in our community today, and for future generations to enjoy.”

The Arbor Day Foundation, a non-profit education organization that helps people plant and care for trees, sponsors the Tree City USA program with the support of the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

The Tree City USA Program was developed after Pat Rowley, urban forestry state specialist, read about the resolution that was adopted at the 71st annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors to promote the preservation and creation of urban forests. The resolution states that urban forests provide green infrastructure for cities, linking communities to recreational areas and green spaces, improving the quality of life for residents and allowing residents to take an active role in planting, protecting and restoring forest areas. In support of this resolution, Mayor Goodman and Councilman Steinman are taking active roles in enhancing Doc Romeo Park.

“The city of Las Vegas continues to show a strong commitment to providing parks, trails and open spaces,” said Councilman Steinman, who represents the area where the park is located. “Through the Tree City USA program, we are able to increase the number of trees in our city parks for all of Las Vegas to enjoy.”

In addition to planting a community tree during the event, the National Arbor Day Foundation plans to name Las Vegas as a Tree City USA, marking the 17th year that the city of Las Vegas is receiving the award. Ortega will present the Tree City USA flag to the city of Las Vegas. City officials, in turn, plan to present the flag to the participating Ober Elementary School students.

Star Nursery will be donating nine trees for the planting at Doc Romeo Park.

Who:  Mayor Oscar B. Goodman, Councilman David W. Steinman and others

What:  Celebrate Las Vegas’ 17 Years As A Tree City USA

When: 10 a.m., Friday, May 22

Where: Doc Romeo Park located at West Cheyenne Avenue and Ronemus Drive

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