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May 7, 2003



            The National Arbor Day Foundation in Lincoln, Nebraska recently named Honolulu a 2002 Tree City USA.  This marks the 25th year Honolulu has been awarded the designation.

 “I am proud of our continuing commitment to keeping Honolulu a ‘green’ City,” said Mayor Jeremy Harris.  “Trees provide many environmental and economic benefits. They help clean the air, conserve soil and water, moderate temperature and bring nature into our daily lives.  They are a vital element in our growth as a sustainable island community.”

 Tree City USA recognizes communities that have proven their commitment to an effective, ongoing forestry program through evaluation criteria which The Foundation establishes, such as maintenance and new beautification projects. This program is sponsored in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

 As part of the honor, the city receives the Tree City USA flag. Last year the flag was flown in front of the Honolulu Municipal Building during the month of November to celebrate Arbor Day. The 2002 flag will be flown at the same site this year. 




Wednesday, May 07, 2003

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