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MUSKOGEE, Okla. -- Muskogee was named a 2022 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation to honor its commitment to effective urban forest management, the city announced this week. 

Muskogee achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four requirements: maintaining a tree board or department, having a tree care ordinance, dedicating an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and hosting an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

"Tree City USA communities see the positive effects of an urban forest firsthand," said Dan Lambe, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "The trees being planted and cared for by Muskogee are ensuring that generations to come will enjoy to a better quality of life."

Oklahoma celebrates Arbor Week on March 20-26. 

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