In addition to earning recognition as a 2018 Tree City USA, the city of Mountain Brook recently was named a recipient of the Arbor Day Foundation’s Growth Award.
The award serves as a higher recognition of the city’s commitment to environmental improvement and demonstration of a higher level of tree care.
“It is a testament to the team effort of our city officials, employees and citizens that Mountain Brook is annually recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation for exemplary stewardship of our native tree canopy,” said Sim Johnson, chair of the Mountain Brook Board of Landscape Design.
The city has maintained its status as a Tree City USA for 24 years. The status recognizes the city’s ability to maintain a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
According to city manager Sam Gaston, being named a Tree City USA and earning the Growth Award showcases the city government, City Council, Board of Landscape Design and city arborist’s commitment to Mountain Brook’s urban forestry program, as well as that of the Public Works and Parks and Recreation departments.
“It is a quality of life issue here in Mountain Brook, and thanks also go to many of our residents for their support and love of the tree canopy in our community,” Gaston said.