The City of Ardmore has a history of earning Tree City USA status. It turns out nothing is going to change that in 2013.

Ardmore is among 21 cities, two Air Force bases and five public utilities that earned recognition as a Tree City USA community or Tree Line USA utility in the state. Norma-Lynne Paschall, Ardmore Tree Board member, said the city has earned the recognition every year since 1996. The city has also received 10 growth awards for a city that goes above and beyond what is required for Tree City USA status. Recognition was given during a program at the state capital last week.

"It does not get old," Paschall said. "Each year, we have to do something different."

Paschall gave credit to Kevin Evans, a former city manager, for guiding the city toward applying for Tree City USA status. To earn the distinction from the Arbor Day Foundation, a city must establish a tree board, create a tree ordinance, spend at least $2 per capita annually on a community forestry program and celebrate Arbor Day with an official proclamation and city-wide observance.

"Trees improve our lives, whether you are climbing out on a limb or sitting in the shade," Paschall said.

This past year, the city planted, maintained and distributed trees and educational material through Operation Pride. It also provided free, high-quality mulch called Okie-Dirt through the wastewater department. The Growth Award was earned for the tree board and Ardmore Beautification Council partnering with the Ardmore Park and Recreation Department to give over 800 trees in the fall to be planted by residents throughout the city.

Paschall said the tree board receives funds from the Ardmore Beautification Council and has put together a brochure on tree care. To review the brochure, log onto and go to the Ardmore Tree Board site.