[ The Real McCoy Online Home ]                                                                                                                     March 14, 2008

Installation receives 2008 
Tree City USA award

      Fort McCoy has been designated as a Tree City USA for the 19th consecutive year.

      The honor is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation, which recognizes organizations that are committed to community forestry.

      Fort McCoy has met the four standards required to become a Tree City USA community. The standards are: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance.

      Installation Forester Jim Kerkman said he is pleased Fort McCoy has been selected as a Tree City USA every year since 1989. The commitment helps improve the quality of life for those who work and train on the installation.

      A tree-planting/Arbor Day observance will be held at Fort McCoy at a date to be determined, he said.

      "Trees in our cities and towns help clean the air, conserve soil and water, moderate temperature and bring nature into our daily lives," said John Rosenow, chief executive of the National Arbor Day Foundation."

      "Tree City USA designation recognizes the work of elected officials, staff and citizens who plant and care for the community forest. Trees are a vital component of the infrastructure in our cities and towns, and provide environmental benefits."

(Submitted by the National Arbor Day Foundation.)


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