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Mayor Fischer accepts “Tree City USA” award at Arbor Day event

Friday April 11, 2014

Louisville has been recognized by the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry. The city has earned this recognition for more than a dozen years and Mayor Greg Fischer accepted the award on behalf of the city at the Louisville Arbor Day Festival, held at Iroquois Park.

“We are committed to being a greener city including expanding our tree canopy by leaps and bounds,” Fischer said. “Being named a Tree City USA again, shows we are heading in the right direction, but we have ambitious goals for planting 5,000 more trees this spring and summer, then we will set a much larger goal later this year.”

Fischer said the One Bright City initiative which will greatly involve citizens in keeping neighborhoods clean and planting and maintain trees will help the community reach its tree-planting objectives.

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. Presenting the award was Peter Barber, urban and community forestry partnership coordinator for the Kentucky Division of Forestry.

Nearly 300 students joined Fischer at Iroquois Park and planted trees and engaged in environmental education activities and workshops. The students were from Cane Run, Chenoweth, Portland, Whitney Young Elementary Schools and Frederick Law Olmsted Academy South Middle School. The Louisville Water Company provided seedlings for students to take home, encouraging them to plant the trees and register the plantings at the online Tree Tracker maintained by Brightside and available at www.louisvilleky.gov/brightside

In support of the Give A Day week of service, three tree-care companies announced plans to participate in Metro Parks “Adopt-a-Park” program. Each will donate services by certified arborists to assist Metro Parks in caring for trees in three of the city’s parks. Limbwalker Tree Service has ‘adopted’ Central Park, Blankenship Tree Service will help care for Nelson Hornbeck Park, and Greenhaven Tree Care will provide services to Berrytown Park.

“We’re very grateful for the generous support in time and talent that these new Adopt-a-Park partners bring to the program,” said Metro Parks director Mike Heitz. “Their contributions will greatly assist and complement the year-round efforts of our forestry division in tree care and management at these parks.”

Other tree companies donating time to the Arbor Day event were Abundant Tree Care Company, Bob Ray Tree Company, Nelson Tree Service, Townsend Tree Service, and Wright Tree Service.

In addition to the Louisville Water Company, the Arbor Day Festival received support from Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center, KFC, and LG&E.