Biloxi recognized by Mississippi Forestry Commission

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It’s not hard to spot a tree in Biloxi and it has been that way for the past 35 years.

The Mississippi Forestry Commission recently recognized the City of Biloxi for maintaining its Tree City USA status for 35 years. The Tree City USA program is a national recognition program sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation.

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Cities must meet and maintain four criteria. They must create a tree board or department, create a tree care ordinance, spend at least $2 per capita on community tree care, and hold an Arbor Day Celebration and Proclamation. City of Biloxi Arborist Eric Nolan said, “It’s nice to have some shade on your house. It helps you save some energy and it gives your kids another place to be other than a hot back yard.”

Every year the city gives out free trees for Arbor Day.