Tallahassee is a tree city. That's according to the Arbor Day Foundation. The organization has honored the city with the designation for the 24th time.
The city’s urban forestry specialist, Jennifer Magavero says the city must meet certain benchmarks in order to qualify for the recognition including having a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance and a community forestry program. And cities must have spent a certain amount of money on trees in a given year. Magavero says Tallahassee exceeded that requirement. She says the city spent about $2.91 per capita, mostly on tree installation projects.
“We did some oak plantings as well as magnolias on Meridian Road—trying to boost that canopy. We did some planting in Tom Brown Park and Chittenden Park. We did also Lake Alberta Park,” Magavero says.
And Magavero says the city won a new award this year—the growth award. Magavero also attributes that recognition to the city’s adopt-a-tree and planting projects.