Hutto, Texas — The City of Hutto has earned the designation of Tree City USA for the first time. Hutto was named a 2019 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to urban forest management. 

"We know the value of what trees provide to our community, and I am proud of the commitment of our parks maintenance staff to bringing more trees to public areas in Hutto, said City Manager Odis Jones. ”The City of Hutto is honored to be a Tree City USA." 

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. 

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

"Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Hutto make smart investments in urban forests," said Matt Harris, chief executive officer of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits." 

The Tree City USA® Program provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs in thousands of towns and cities. The many benefits of being a Tree City include creating framework for action, education, a positive public image, and citizen pride.

The Tree City USA program has been greening up cities and towns across America since 1976.