Anderson loses 'Tree City' status after 21 years

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A central Indiana city recognized for its efforts to manage its trees over the last two decades has lost its status as a Tree City.

The Herald-Bulletin reports the Arbor Day Foundation pulled the title from Anderson because the city failed to file paperwork showing its budget and the number of trees planted, pruned and removed.

Anderson Tree Commission president Tami Coleman says the information she needed wasn't available.

Tree Cities are required to show a commitment to maintaining trees that includes establishing a community forestry program.

The title can help attract tourists and businesses and generate grants for forestry programs.

Mayor Kevin Smith says the city's urban tree canopy is below the state average and pledged the city would regain its Tree City USA status next year.

Read more about the program here.

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