U.S. Military Bases Receive Tree City USA Recognition

Nebraska City, Neb. –- Ninety-four United States military installations, including two in Germany and one in the Republic of Korea, have earned 1999 Tree City USA status from The National Arbor Day Foundation. Installations so honored include 62 Air Force, 18 Army, and 13 Navy bases, as well as one Marine base. Overseas installations earning 1999 Tree City status are the 279th Base Support Battalion, Bamberg, Germany; Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany; and Osan Air Base, the Republic of Korea.

Tree City USA recognizes communities that have a program for planting and caring for trees. The 94 honored installations join 2,525 U.S. towns and cities as Tree City USA communities.

“The Tree City USA award makes people more aware of community tree planting and care,” said John Rosenow, president of The National Arbor Day Foundation. “People become more personally involved and interested in planting and caring for trees.”

Tree City USA was created by The National Arbor Day Foundation in 1976 to help promote community forestry. Military installations first joined the program in 1986, and overseas U.S. installations were first recognized in 1997. The National Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit education organization dedicated to tree planting and environmental stewardship. More information on the Foundation and its well known programs like Tree City USA, Trees for America, and Conservation Trees is available by visiting the Foundation’s website, www.arborday.org.