Jacksonville has a long tradition of observing Arbor Day and supporting beautification efforts. The City, the Jacksonville Tree Board and the Environmental Appearance & Advisory Committee have served to lead, advise, advocate and do hands-on work to advance efforts that improves the appearance of the City.
Traditionally, during the Arbor Day Observance Jacksonville celebrates the meaning of Arbor Day, and trees are planted at a City Park. Arbor Day is also used to encourage Citizens to give back to their community by supporting the Adopt-A-Program where volunteers can adopt a street, stream, park or trail to help keep clean.
The 2017 Arbor Day Observance will be held on Friday, April 21 at Tarawa Terrace Elementary School.
For 37 consecutive years Jacksonville has been designated a Tree City USA. This distinction is given by the Arbor Day Foundation to cities that meet high standards. In order to be named as a Tree City USA, a city must have a tree board, a tree care ordinance, spend at least $2 per capita on a community forest program, and the city must have an Arbor Day Observance.
Jacksonville is committed to enhancing the quality of life for its Citizens through caring for and managing trees in public places.