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Celebrate New Mexico’s Tree City USA Communities this Earth Day

NEWS RELEASE April 21, 2011 Contact: Dan Ware, Public Relations Coordinator 505-476-3336
Santa Fe– The New Mexico State Forestry Division is recognizing communities throughout the state for their participation in the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA Program as nations around the world are celebrating Earth Day 2011. 
“The Tree City USA Program continues to be a vital tool for communities across the state to help acknowledge the importance of trees and their role in improving quality of life in our community settings,” said New Mexico State Forester Tony Delfin. “We encourage all communities, large and small to take part in this important program and we’re pleased this year to announce two new Tree Cities.”
New Tree City USA Communities:
City of Carlsbad                  Town of Taos
Sustaining Tree City USA communities
Albuquerque                       14 years                        Cannon AFB             13 years
Tucumcari                          12 years                        Clovis                       12 years                       
Holloman AFB                     8 years                         Kirtland AFB             10 years                                                     Las Vegas                         12 years                         Roswell                    21 years                                                San Jon                             12 years                         Santa Fe                   2 years                                      
Additionally, the following communities also received a ‘Growth Award’ for their exemplary efforts to plan for, manage, and celebrate the trees within their community: Roswell and Santa Fe.
Community forests provide our citizens with immense benefits, such as: improved quality of life, reduced heat intensity and building energy use, reduced storm water run-off, and increased property values. The New Mexico State Forestry Division’s Urban and Community Forestry Program empowers communities to develop and sustain their community forests for the benefit of their citizens and the environment.
For further information about Tree City USA and Community Forestry resources available to your community contact Lance Davisson, NM State Urban and Community Forestry Program Manager at 505-476-3332 or e-mail .


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