07 December 2015

Jenna Bautista, a student at Fort Detrick’s Child Development Center, helps plant a tree in celebration of Arbor Day in front of the Odom Fitness Center Nov. 18.
Photo by Crystal Maynard, USAMRMC Public Affairs
Fort Detrick Earns Tree City USA Award for 13th Year
Crystal Maynard, USAMRMC Public Affairs
Students from the Fort Detrick's Child Development Center helped plant a tree in celebration of Arbor Day in front of the Odom Fitness Center Nov. 18 as the installation celebrated becoming a Tree City USA community for the 13th year.

The standards to become a Tree City USA community include having a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. This year, Fort Detrick met those standards again.

The official Arbor Day observance in Maryland is recognized the first Wednesday in April; however, unofficially it can be observed any day that a community plants a tree with community participation and recognition.

The tree selected for this year’s Arbor Day planting was a red maple. The tree is a favorite for planting in urban environments due to its beautiful red foliage and adaptability to various soil types.

For more information about Tree City USA, visit www.arborday.org/TreeCityUSA

The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit, environmental, education organization of nearly one million members, with a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. For more information on the foundation and its programs, visit www.arborday.org
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