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Doral is Named Tree City USA for Ninth Consecutive Year
Doral, FL – For the ninth consecutive year, the City of Doral has been named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. Doral is among the 15 cities, towns and villages in Miami-Dade County that were recognized. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.
Doral achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s core standards, including the annual observance and proclamation for Arbor Day.
The City commemorated Arbor Day this year on January 20th, when the City donated a tree to eight Doral elementary schools. Councilmembers Claudia Mariaca visited Shelton Academy and Dr. Rolando Espinosa while Christi Fraga made the rounds of Downtown Doral Charter and Doral Academy, meeting with students and assisting in the planting of an orange geiger tree. “Trees are not just ornamental, they play a vital role in keeping our air clean and temperatures down,” said Councilwoman Fraga. “If you only see a tree, you’re not seeing the whole picture,” explained Councilwoman Mariaca. “These are individual ecosystems that support insects, birds and small reptiles,” she added.
Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez, who was out of town that Friday, batted clean up on Friday, February 3rd by visiting four schools in a single day. “I think it’s great that students care about our environment and the cleanliness of our city,” said the mayor, “they set the example for their families.” Students planted the trees at their respective schools, and will continue to care for them in support of the environment and acknowledgment of the endless benefits of trees.
The City continues spreading the importance of trees to its citizens with events like this, and through other initiatives, aligning with the Tree City USA program. These programs help establish a frame work enhancing the management of planting and tree care; educating about the importance of sustainable tree management and engaging organizations in advancing urban forestry. It also showcases the pride residents feel about where they live and work.