OKLAHOMA CITY-- Representatives of the Ada Tree Board and the City of Ada were on the state capitol lawn in Oklahoma City this week to receive a special Tree City USA honor. Ada has participated in the Tree City USA program for 12 years.

Ada is among 23 cities, three Air Force bases and four public utilities that have achieved the honor of being designated as a Tree City USA community or Tree Line USA utility. 

To earn Tree City USA status from The National Arbor Day Foundation, a city must establish a tree board, create a tree ordinance, spend $2 per capita annually on taking care of the city’s trees and celebrate Arbor Day with an official proclamation and city-wide observations.

The Ada Tree Board worked hard on their beautification of the city by removing dead trees, keeping up with tree maintenance and creating landscaped flower beds for all.

“Ada is proud to have been selected as a Tree City USA for the twelfth year. This award shows the value Ada places on the beautification of our community through tree planting efforts and is representative of the pride our citizens have of Ada,” said Randy McFarlin, Parks and Public Facilities Director.

“Through the planting and caring of trees in our cities and towns, Oklahomans are insured a greener cleaner, healthier future. These cities are the leaders and represent the very best in Oklahoma,” said Mark Bays, Tree City and Tree Line Coordinator for Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry coordinates the Tree City USA and Tree Line USA programs in Oklahoma. It co-sponsors the annual celebration with the assistance of The Oklahoma Urban and Community Forestry Council, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to public education about the values and benefits of planting and maintaining trees in Oklahoma.