Exeter receives 17th Tree City USA honor
The Exeter Tree Board held its 18th annual Arbor Day observance at the Exeter City Park on April 20. Thanks to the tree board's work over the last 18 years, the community was honored as a Tree City USA for the 17th consecutive year. In order to receive the special national recognition, communities must have a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. Tree City USA communities recognize that trees promote healthier communities, moderate climates, conserve water and provide habitate for wildlife. The Exeter Tree Board is funded through donations, including an annual contribution received from the City of Exeter. Pictured above, in the front row, from left, are: Sherry Johnson, president; Kelly Asbury; Mayor Rusty Reed; and Sheila Raney. Back row: Kirk Wynns, municipal arborist.