The Arbor Day Foundation today announced that Nazareth, KY, was named a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry.

It is the 8th year Nazareth has earned this national honor from the Arbor Day Foundation, the nation’s largest organization dedicated to planting trees.

“We all benefit when communities like Nazareth place a high priority on planting and caring for trees, one of our nation’s most beautiful resources,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees shade our homes and add beauty to our neighborhoods, and they also provide many environmental, economic and social benefits. We applaud Nazareth’s elected officials, volunteers and citizens for providing vital care for its urban forest.”

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

Nazareth has met the four standards to become a Tree City USA community. Tree City USA communities must have a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a community forestry program with annual expenditures of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

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