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Cities honored for their use of trees

INDIANAPOLIS – The state is recognizing 65 Indiana cities for management of their urban forests.

The Indiana Department of Resources this week recognized each of the cities as a “Tree City USA.”

State Forester John Seifert says in 2012 the 65 cities planted more than 14,500 trees, removed 15,800 and pruned 45,357. Many of the trees were removed due to infestation by the invasive emerald ash borer.

The Tree City USA program has existed in Indiana since 1984, when Bloomington became the first Tree City in the state.

To qualify, communities must pass a public tree care ordinance, spend at least $2 per capita on tree care, and have an Arbor Day observance.

A list of the 65 cities is at