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Little Rock AFB committed to environmental stewardship

  • Published
  • By Airman 1st Class Kevin Sommer Giron
  • 19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Similar to money in a stock market, trees are a vital resource in the environment. That’s why environmental organizations place a heavy investment in taking care of these green giants.

Little Rock Air Force Base was recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a 2016 Tree City USA community for its commitment in effective forest management. 

This is the 23rd year Little Rock AFB has been a part of the dedicated network of more than 3,400 Tree City USA communities throughout the country.

“I think this recognition shows that we are living up to our Air Force duty in environmental stewardship,” said James Popham, 19th Civil Engineer Squadron natural resources manager.

The base accomplished four requirements to earn the recognition: having a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget and observing Arbor Day in the fall.

Trees provide multiple benefits to the installation and the Jacksonville community. They increase property value, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and help reduce flooding.

“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”