The Virginia Department of Forestry says 57 towns, cities and military installations have received the designation.
Officials with the department say trees are much more than just pleasing to look at, they are vital to quality of life and the environment. They say trees can help clean the air and water, as well as help conserve energy in homes.
Criteria for the certification includes having a tree board or department; having a tree care ordinance, an Arbor Day observance and proclamation, and a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita.
In Hampton Roads, Tree City designations were granted to the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Newport News, Norfolk, Onancock, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach.
Others awarded were Fort Monroe and NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton.
Winning military installations are Langley AFB, Little Creek-Fort Story, NAS Oceana. NAS Oceana Dam Neck Annex, Naval Station Norfolk, Naval Weapons Station Cheatham Annex and Naval Weapons Station Yorktown and Surface Combat System Center Wallops Island.
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