HARPERS FERRY — Call it a matter of barking up the right tree.
For the fourth year, Harpers Ferry has been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation, the nation’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to planting trees.
To qualify, a community must meet four conditions — it must have a tree board or department, must have a tree-care ordinance, a forestry program with annual expenditures of $2 per capita and it must issue an Arbor Day proclamation.
“We all benefit when communities like Harpers Ferry place a high priority on planting and caring for trees, one of our nation’s most beautiful resources,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation.
Harpers Ferry’s Tree Committee commemorated Arbor Day on April 28 by planting a Kwanzan cherry tree in the Children’s Park. The tree was donated by the state Division of Forestry.
More information about the Tree City USA award can be had at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA