Manatee County receives Tree City USA distinction

  • Apr 24, 2015

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (April 24, 2015) – Manatee County was recently named a 2014 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of the County’s commitment to “effective urban forest management.”

 The County met the program’s four requirements: having a tree board or department (the Environmental Lands Management Advisory Committee), a tree care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observation and proclamation.


During a proclamation for Arbor Day Tuesday, Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Director Charlie Hunsicker  thanked County Commissioners for their ongoing commitment to trees and environmental projects in the community. The department and local volunteers have planted more than 1 million longleaf pines on Duette Preserve, Hunsicker said.


“Planting trees and rebuilding our coastal habitats is something we can do in small measure to build a resiliency for our Gulf,” Hunsicker said. “One tree at a time makes a difference.”


The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.


“Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Manatee County make smart investments in urban forests,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits.”


Keep Manatee Beautiful has planned a full slate of events to celebrate Arbor Day including a tree planting ceremony at Bayfront Park pavilion on Bay Boulevard in the City of Anna Maria Island at 9:30 a.m.; a Key Thatch Palm planting on Holmes Beach at 10 a.m.; a sable palm planting on Gulf Drive in Bradenton Beach at 11 a.m.; a live oak planting at 1 p.m. off Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park on 9th Ave. West; and a Red Maple Planting at Palmetto’s Hidden Lakes Park at 2 p.m. For full details, visit


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