Fort Detrick Celebrates 19 Years As A Tree City USA

By Lanessa HillNovember 15, 2021

19 years and counting. Fort Detrick named Tree City USA
Employees, current and past from Fort Detrick’s Environmental Management Office plant a Swamp White Oak at Nallin Pond on Oct. 27, 2021. The planting is one of several requirements to be named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation. Pictured left to right is Joe Gortva, Bob Craig, Lynn Hoch and Gary Zolyak. (Photo Credit: Lanessa Hill) VIEW ORIGINAL

On Oct 27, 2021 employees from the Fort Detrick Environmental Office celebrated the 19th consecutive year that Fort Detrick was named as a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation by planting a Swamp White Oak at Nallin Pond.

The recognition is in honor of Fort Detrick’s commitment to effective urban forest management. This is the 19th consecutive year Fort Detrick received this recognition.

Fort Detrick achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: 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.

The official Arbor Day observance in Maryland is recognized the first Wednesday in April; however, communities can be recognized for their efforts by the Arbor Day Foundation any time a tree is planted, the community participates and the four program requirements are met.