Alexandria Earns Tree City USA Designation for 2024

Alexandria Mayor and City Council hold the banner designating Alexandria as a Tree City USA. Photo courtesy City of Alexandria, VA.

By Ken Krupa and Eleanor Quigley, ABC

Alexandria, VA—known for its longstanding commitment to environmental stewardship—has once again been recognized as a Tree City USA. Awarded by the National Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. This prestigious honor acknowledges urban areas that prioritize preserving and expanding their tree canopies and promoting eco-friendly initiatives.

With a history of participating in the program since 1983, Alexandria continues to uphold its commitment to environmental sustainability. On April 6, 2024, the city celebrated Arbor Day with a special ceremony held at Windmill Hill Park, just north of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. As the Tree City USA banner was unfurled at the ceremony, Alexandria reaffirmed its commitment to environmental and community well-being. By embracing initiatives like tree planting and preservation, the city continues to set an example for a greener, more sustainable future.

During the event, the mayor and City Council issued a proclamation and planted a commemorative white oak tree to mark the 275th anniversary of the city’s founding as the Port City. The white oak, known for its longevity and resilience, has the potential to survive for over a century, serving as a living testament to Alexandria’s history and dedication to preserving its natural heritage.

At the ceremonial planting, Alexandria unveiled plans to plant 275 new native trees by the end of the year. This initiative aims to enhance the urban canopy, promote biodiversity, and create a more sustainable environment for current and future generations.

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