Whiting Field celebrates 25 years as a Tree City USA

Published on December 06, 2016 with No Comments

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The National Arbor Day Foundation will once again recognize Naval Air Station (NAS) Whiting Field as a Tree City USA for its dedication to conservation and urban renewal. This is the 25th consecutive year the base has received the designation.

NAS Whiting Field will plant a Live Oak tree to recognize the completion of the annual certification requirements and to celebrate the accomplishment Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. next to the installation’s command building.

The certificate will read in part: “[I] declare that Whiting Field will continue to annually celebrate Tree Awareness Week during the first week of December and recognize the importance of preserving and managing our trees with planned activities for the planting of trees throughout the planting season, demonstrating our responsibility as federal land stewards.”

 

The Arbor Day Foundation presented a banner to the command to recognize the achievement which will be displayed during the event.  NAS Whiting Field Commanding Officer Capt. Todd Bahlau will read a proclamation to the assembled staff announcing the dates of Dec. 5-9 as Tree Week across the base.

Capt. Todd Bahlau

Capt. Todd Bahlau

The certificate will read in part: “[I] declare that Whiting Field will continue to annually celebrate Tree Awareness Week during the first week of December and recognize the importance of preserving and managing our trees with planned activities for the planting of trees throughout the planting season, demonstrating our responsibility as federal land stewards.”

The ceremony is only the final step in the process.  Throughout the year, the NAS Whiting Field Natural Resources team has to:  ensure an allocated cost is directed toward forestry projects (this has to exceed $2 per person on the base), maintain an Urban Forestry Ordnance, and have a board with regular meetings.  All of the requirements serve to raise the awareness of how important trees are to our society.  Not only do they provide a natural beauty, but trees also give shade, help to lower temperatures in urban areas, increase the oxygen level in their areas, and help to cleanse pollutants from groundwater and the air.

 

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