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Bull City Wins Acclaim For Trees

Posted December 16, 2003 1:16 a.m. EST

— The

city of Durham

has been named a Tree City USA for the 20th consecutive year, making it the largest city in North Carolina to win the award.

"Tree City USA recognition from the National Arbor Day Foundation and the N.C. Division of Forest Resources is a symbol of how important our community trees and our environment are to us," Mayor Bill Bell said.

The National Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit education organization that helps people plant and care for trees.

Communities receive Tree City USA designation upon recommendation by state foresters, who co-sponsor the USDA Forest Service.

Durham was named a Tree City USA because it has a tree ordinance, a comprehensive urban forestry program and an Arbor Day observance.