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Louisville earns "Tree City USA" award

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville is apparently good for the environment.

Friday morning the city was recognized by the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation as a "Tree City USA" community for its commitment to urban forestry.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer accepted the award during Louisville's Arbor Day Festival at Iroquois Park.

Nearly 300 students planted trees and took part in environmental education activities and workshops.

"We are trying to emphasis the importance of urban forestry and how we can help environment and to help make it better."

The city has set a goal to plant more than 5,000 trees this spring and summer and plans to set a much larger goal later this year.

According to the Arbor Day Foundation's website, to qualify for the award, "communities must meet four core standards of sound urban forestry management: maintaining a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day."

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