Tullahoma has been awarded the Tree City USA designation for the 25th year this year, and qualified for an additional Growth Award, something the city last earned in 2003. To earn the growth award, Tullahoma qualified by an increased 2021 Forestry budget, performing a tree canopy survey of over 1000 data points within the city, providing a public tree canopy report to the public, grant applications relating to forestry, and forestry education programs for children.
Lyle Russell, Program Manager/Forester for the City of Tullahoma Parks and Recreation said, “The City of Tullahoma is grateful for the recognition of our efforts to preserve our urban canopy. We are also grateful for the opportunity to educate and serve our citizens about our trees. They are our most precious resource.”
Russell added, “This spring, we are replacing some downtown trees with some new varieties more hearty to the stresses of urban plantings. We also have 11 new memorial trees going in the ground this next month, as well as 55 new trees at Johnson Lane Recreation Area and upgrading our arboretum to level III, which will total over 90 individual species of trees right here in Tullahoma.”