The City of Daytona Beach has reached another milestone in its community forestry program. For the first time, Daytona Beach was awarded the Tree City USA Growth Award by the Arbor Day Foundation for demonstrating progress in its community tree program by conducting a street tree survey, providing residents with information on Laurel Wilt disease and for increasing tree plantings.
The Tree City USA Growth Award was created to recognize environmental improvement and encourage higher levels of tree care throughout the country.
In addition to the Growth Award, the city was named a "Tree City USA" community for the 22nd consecutive year. Daytona Beach met the four standards required to maintain its designation as a Tree City USA community – a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance.
The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit, environmental and education organization of more than one million members with a mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. The Tree City USA and Growth Award programs are sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.