COLUMBIA CITY —Columbia City is a 2017 Tree City USA recipient in honor of the city’s commitment to effective urban forest management, according to the by the Arbor Day Foundation.

This is the city’s 24th time receiving the honor.

Columbia City 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.

“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,” Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation, said in a statement. “Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”

Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.

Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel said, “Thanks to our outstanding tree board; electric department; my assistant, Theresa Green; and our citizens, our community continues to be a great example of urban forestry.”

More information on the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.

The Arbor Day Foundation is a million-member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information is available at arborday.org.