The Arbor Day Foundation has named Longview a Tree City of the World. Tree Cities of the World is a program founded by The Arbor Day Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to recognize cities around the globe that have committed to growing and maintaining their urban forest. Through this recognition, Longview will join a network of like-minded cities who recognize the importance of trees in building healthy, resilient and happy cities.
“We applaud all of the cities that have earned Tree Cities of the World designation,” said Dan Lambe, President, Arbor Day Foundation. “They are leaders when it comes to planning and managing their urban forests. Many of the cities being recognized have gone above and beyond to use trees as part of their green infrastructure. This distinction is a celebration of their creativity and sustainability in creating healthier urban spaces.”
Longview has earned recognition in the Foundation's second year of the program and joins 120 cities from 63 countries. To join Tree Cities of the World, Longview has pledged their commitment by meeting five program standards that show their dedication and determination towards planting and conserving trees for a greener future.
“Longview is situated inside a forest, an urban forest. The city is known for its beautiful tree lined streets and parks by visitors and citizens alike. We are honored to be recognized for the hard work our team of arborists put in and the support we receive from our citizens and local leaders.” Jennifer Wills, Director of Parks and Recreation.
When a city joins Tree Cities of the World, they show their willingness to be a sustainability and urban forestry leader. Planting trees in a metropolitan area comes with a myriad of benefits beyond the recognition of this program. Increasing the number of trees in a community can help reduce costs for energy, stormwater management, and erosion control. The program provides a network of like-minded city leaders in urban forestry to celebrate and share best practices to cultivate greenery in the community.
Tree Cities of the World aims to create more green spaces in urban areas by recognizing the cities that do it well. Planting more trees is the quickest and easiest way to improve a city's tree canopy and invest in a brighter future.
For more information or to apply, please visit https://treecitiesoftheworld.org/.