LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. --
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
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
“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