City of Oak Ridge officials will join the Oak Ridge Environmental Quality Advisory
Board at Oak Ridge’s 27th Annual Arbor Day Observance on Friday, March 2 at
10:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s School in Oak Ridge. The ceremony also marks the
24th year that the City of Oak Ridge has been recognized as a Tree City USA.

At the ceremony, District Foresters with the Department of Forestry will present
the Tree City award and flag to City representatives Mayor Tom Beehan and
Jimmy Groton, Chairman of the Environmental Quality Advisory Board. Tree City
USA, a National Arbor Day Foundation program, recognizes U.S. towns and
cities that develop comprehensive urban forestry programs.

To become a Tree City USA, a community must meet four standards: a legally
constituted tree board; a community tree ordinance; a comprehensive community
forestry program supported by a minimum of $2 per capita; and an Arbor Day
proclamation and public tree planting ceremony. Communities must reapply for
the Tree City USA designation annually.

The Arbor Day ceremony will include the planting of a Red Maple tree, donated
by the City of Oak Ridge. Kevin Hoyt, Director of the UT Forest Resources
Research and Education Center will present the tree to Sister Andrea Marie,
O.P, Principal of St. Mary’s School.

Previous Arbor Day observances have been held at numerous locations
throughout the city including the Oak Ridge Civic Center, the Senior Citizens
Center, the U.T. Arboretum, Cedar Hill Park, and at St. Mary’s, Glenwood,
Woodland, Linden, Willow Brook and St. Mary’s Elementary Schools.

For more information contact Athanasia Senecal Lewis, Community
Development (865) 425-3574, or Jon Hetrick, Recreation and Parks Department,
(865) 425-1867; visit the city’s website at www.oakridgetn.gov.

News media contact: Amy Fitzgerald at (865) 425-3554 or afitzgerald@oakridgetn.gov.