Fifteen W.Va. Communities Awarded Tree City USA Status Arbor Day celebrations scheduled

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Fifteen W.Va. Communities Awarded Tree City USA Status Arbor Day celebrations scheduled

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Officials at the West Virginia Division of Forestry (DOF) announced that 15 cities and towns have been awarded Tree City USA status. Those communities are Bath, Bluefield, Elkins, Follansbee, Harpers Ferry, Hinton, Huntington, Lewisburg, Morgantown, Parkersburg, Ronceverte, Shepherdstown, Summersville, Vienna and Williamstown. Being named a Tree City USA community means that each city or town has committed to maintaining a sustained and active tree care agenda.

Lewisburg
Lewisburg, West Virginia

Harpers Ferry
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

Elkins
Elkins, West Virginia

Members of the DOF’s Urban and Community Forestry program will assist those communities with tree plantings, Arbor Day celebrations and Tree City USA award celebrations. Events have been scheduled as follows:

•    April 11:  Hinton, Lewisburg, Ronceverte and Vienna
•    April 23:  Huntington
•    April 25:  Elkins, Parkersburg, Summersville and Williamstown
•    April 26:  Harpers Ferry
•    April 29:  Bath

Planning of celebrations for Bluefield, Follansbee and Shepherdstown are underway and dates will be announced. Morgantown will celebrate its Tree City USA award this fall.

West Virginia’s official Arbor Day is Friday, April 11, but many communities schedule celebrations throughout April and May. National Arbor Day is the last Friday of the month – April 25 this year.
    
For more information about Arbor Day and Arbor Month, contact Partnership Coordinator Andy Sheetz at 304-382-9574 or email Andy.I.Sheetz@wv.gov.

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West Virginia Division of Forestry
www.wvforestry.com

Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
Randy Dye, Director/State Forester

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News Release:  April 10, 2014             

Leslie Fitzwater Smithson, Public Information Specialist, 304-957-9342 or 304-541-8102, Leslie.C.Smithson@wv.gov