The Arbor Day Foundation has named Mansfield a 2014 Tree City USA, the ninth time the city has received the designation.
The award, given to cities committed to urban forest management, requires that municipalities meet four specific criteria: 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.
Stevon Smith, landscape administrator for the city and a certified arborist, said Mansfield has focused attention on maintaining the city’s urban forest through its tree preservation ordinance and an aggressive planting program on city property including medians.
“We work closely with developers to mitigate the impact new development has on old growth trees,” Smith said. “Keeping our urban forest strong and healthy isn’t just about the environmental impact. The overall beauty of the community and its scenic corridors are improved by having trees.”
The City of Mansfield has designated the first Friday in November as Arbor Day.