Arbor Day Foundation Names Port Huron 2018 Tree City USA

The city of Port Huron has been named a 2018 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.  According to Port Huron City Manager James Freed, Port Huron achieved this recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements which include: a tree board or department; a tree care ordinance; an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.  Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation, stated that “Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand, creating a sense of community pride, whether it is through volunteer engagement or public education.”  He says trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained.  They help improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, can increase property values, reduce home cooling costs and remove air pollutants as well as provide wildlife habitat, among mother other benefits.  More information on the program is available at