Eastman Honored for 22 Years of Continued Support of Tree City USA | Community Spirit
Eastman received a prestigious award Friday during the annual Arbor Day Celebration. Scott Evans, Ranger with the Forestry Commission, presented a new flag to Mrs. Bea Edge, Eastman City Manager in honor of the 22 years Eastman has been a Tree City USA with the National Arbor Day Foundation.
“It is a great honor to present this flag to the City of Eastman”, stated Evans. “Eastman has the longest record of this award for the counties I serve ranging from the coast, to the South Carolina border.”
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.
To become a Tree City USA, a community must meet four standards: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program, an Arbor Day observance.
Eastman celebrated Arbor Day, Friday, February 15, 2013. Beautiful dogwood and red maple trees were given away by the City of Eastman, the Dodge County Commissioners and Eastman/Dodge County Area Chamber of Commerce. A proclamation was read by Eastman City Councilman, Mr. Raymond Mullis, proclaiming Friday, February 15th as Arbor Day in Eastman. Ben Sheffield of the Dodge County 4-H Club spoke about the importance of Arbor Day, and large crowd was on hand to help celebrate the event. Mr. Bob Heath, a ISA Certified Arborist, of Soles Tree Service gave the crowd tips for the proper planting and care of their new trees, as well as planted a princess dogwood tree donated by the Roche family of Roche’s Garden Center in Dublin.
Special thanks to the 4-H Club in assisting in handing out the trees; including Keisha Jones, Lindsey Graham, Kali Hunter, Alaina Bond, Ty Bellflower, Thomas Dennard, John Roberts, Joel Noles and Ben Sheffield.