SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - More than 100 students from Solomon Elementary School joined Col. Douglas Mulbury, commander, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, and representatives from Island Palm Communities, here, Nov. 5, to celebrate Schofield Barracks\' designation as a Tree City USA.

"Earning Tree City USA status is a great achievement that can be credited to our partnership with the local garrison," said Claire Ridding-Johnson, project director of Island Palm Communities. "Maintaining Schofield's status each year is an even greater commitment that our partnership looks forward to."

Tree City USA recognition is the result of a two-year collaborative effort between the Directorate of Public Works, USAG-HI, and Island Palm Communities.

To qualify as a Tree City USA community, a town or city must meet four standards established by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters, including establishing a tree board, developing a tree care ordinance, creating a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita, and hosting an annual Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

The Arbor Day observance was held, here, during the tree planting ceremony.

Tree City USA helps support the mission of the Arbor Day Foundation, which is dedicated to inspiring people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees through conservation and education programs.