03 November 2017

Fort Detrick recently was designated a “Tree City USA” and received the “Maryland PLANT Community” award for the 20th consecutive year. Two Swamp White Oak trees were planted with the help of children from Child and Youth School Age Services, DPW sta? , and members of the community to celebrate the achievements. Photo by Christian Smith
Fort Detrick Designated as a Tree City USA and Maryland PLANT Community
Melanie Moss, USAG DPW Environmental Management Division
Fort Detrick was recently the recipient of two natural resource awards which designated it a "Tree City USA" and a "Maryland PLANT Community."

On Oct. 25, in acknowledgment of Arbor Day's tradition, the Tree City USA Award was presented to Fort Detrick by Becky Wilson, the Western Region coordinator of the Urban and Community Forestry, at an on-post tree-planting ceremony. During the ceremony, organized by the U.S. Army Garrison Department of Public Works Environmental Management Division, two Swamp White Oak trees were planted with the help of children from Child and Youth School Age Services, DPW staff, and members of the community.

This is the 20th consecutive year that Fort Detrick has a received a Maryland People Loving and Nurturing Trees or "PLANT" Community Award. The award levels are designated as bronze, silver, gold and green, with green being the highest award level. Fort Detrick was selected for the green level Maryland PLANT Community Award. The Maryland PLANT Community Award winner is selected by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service and the Maryland Community Forest Council. It is provided to publicly recognize people and communities that have enhanced community forests during the past year. Fort Detrick was selected as the green level recipient because of efforts demonstrated by tree plantings, news coverage, habitat restoration projects, tree inventory, and management plans.

These efforts also earned Fort Detrick their 15th consecutive Tree City USA Award provided by the National Arbor Day Foundation. The award is presented to organizations that have established boards or committees to coordinate tree issues, community tree ordinances, community forestry programs and annual Arbor Day observances.
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