Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass Receives 2014 Arbor Day Award

Nebraska City, Neb. (April 3, 2014) – City of Tyler, Texas, Mayor Barbara Bass is the recipient of a 2014 Arbor Day Award in honor of her outstanding contribution to tree planting, conservation and stewardship, the Arbor Day Foundation announced today.

Mayor Bass is one of 13 individuals, organizations and companies being recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation during the annual Arbor Day Awards. This year's ceremony will be held at Lied Lodge & Conference Center, located at Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City, Nebraska, on Saturday, April 26.

Mayor Barbara Bass will receive the Champion of Trees Public Service Award.

On April 30, 2010, City of Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass announced the Tree Tyler Initiative with the goal to plant 5,000 trees in 5 years. The Tree Tyler Initiative is championed by Mayor Bass, and she has rolled up her sleeves to ensure that the goal is reached. As of February 28, 2013 the City of Tyler had added more than 5,500 trees to their urban canopy, thereby surpassing their lofty goal years early, due in large part to the efforts of Mayor Bass.

Arbor Day Award winners from previous years include the late Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, the United States Forest Service, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Mary Kay, Inc.

About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information is available at arborday.org.