Allen, Fairview, Frisco, McKinney, Murphy, Plano, Prosper, and Wylie Receive Tree City USA Designation

WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Congressman Van Taylor (TX-03) recognized the efforts of eight Collin County cities who received this year’s Tree City USA designation by the Arbor Day Foundation.

 

While speaking on the House Floor, Rep. Taylor stated, “Allen, Fairview, Frisco, McKinney, Murphy, Plano, Prosper, and Wylie – all located within Collin County - have proven they care about ensuring the environment around them is thriving and full of life.” He continued, “I commend these cities for their investment in green infrastructure and for creating a lasting and positive impact for generations to come.”

Watch Congressman Taylor's full remarks and read his full statement below. 

Transcript of Congressional Record:

"Madam Speaker,

I ask unanimous consent to address the House for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks.

Today, I rise to recognize eight cities in Texas’ Third Congressional District who have received this year’s Tree City USA designation by the Arbor Day Foundation.

Allen, Fairview, Frisco, McKinney, Murphy, Plano, Prosper, and Wylie – all located within Collin County - have proven they care about ensuring the environment around them is thriving and full of life.

These Collin County cities understand that trees serve an integral purpose in our community, including improved health, clean air and water, and a positive impact on businesses and homes in the area. Not only are these communities dedicated to providing necessary municipal tree care, but they are encouraging their residents to do the same. I commend these cities for their investments in green infrastructure and for creating a lasting and positive impact for generations to come.

I ask my colleagues in the House of Representative to join me in congratulating these eight communities on their efforts to maintain healthy and green environments in their neighborhoods.

I yield back."

 

Background

Since 1976, the Tree City USA program has been encouraging cities and towns across the country to increase public trees in their communities. 

More than 3,400 communities, including Allen, Fairview, Frisco, McKinney, Murphy, Plano, Prosper, and Wylie, have made the commitment to becoming a Tree City USA. They have achieved Tree City USA status by meeting 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.