The Arbor Day Foundation will be naming Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana and Dam Neck Annex (DNA) a 2018 Tree City USA, recognizing them for their dedication to urban forest management.
There are four requirements for being recognized: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
NAS Oceana and DNA celebrated Arbor Day on April 18, by inviting children at the Child Development Center and the Youth Center to participate in planting trees on both installations. NAS Oceana has planted trees on Arbor Day for 24 years.
The Arbor Day Foundation says that trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained. They also say that trees can improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitats where they are planted.
“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride.”