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Gainesville leadership, support for trees honored
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Georgia Forestry Commission Director Robert Farris congratulates Nick Swafford and Jason Justice for helping Gainesville become a Tree City USA community.

Gainesville was recognized during a state Arbor Day celebration on Feb. 17 at Trees Atlanta for being one of Georgia’s “Tree City USA” communities. The honor was to acknowledge Gainesville as one of 25 Ga. cities committed to caring for and managing their public trees.

Trees City USA program is a nationwide movement that provides framework for communities to control and grow their public trees. The city of Gainesville presented awards, held an art and essay contest for third and fifth grades and planted trees at Elachee Nature Center in celebration of Arbor Day, which helped it meet the standards necessary to be a Tree City USA.

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