In honor of the City of Exeter's commitment to community forestry, the Arbor Day Foundation has once again recognized the community as a Tree City USA. Jon Skinner, Missouri Department of Conservation urban forester, presented the Exeter Tree Board with the honor on April 16. In order to achieve this special recognition, cities must have a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. Cities that receive the Tree City USA recognition also recognize that trees promote healthier communities, moderate climate, conserve water and provide habitat for wildlife. This is the 15th year the city has received the national recognition. Exeter has celebrated Arbor Day for 16 years. Pictured above, in the front row, from left, are: Skinner; Sherry Johnson, Exeter Tree Board president; Kelly Asbury, board secretary; and Sheila Raney, board vice president. Back row: Kirk Wynns, municipal arborist; and Mayor Rusty Reed.