Fort Meade has been named a "Tree City USA" by the National Arbor Day Foundation, a nonprofit education organization dedicated to planting trees and environmental management.
To celebrate, the base is planning an Arbor Day ceremony tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. in Starr Park.
Foundation officials are to present the garrison commander a Tree City USA flag, a plaque and a Tree City USA community sign, and dedicate five new trees, one for each branch of the service.
"It is the first time Fort Meade has received this national recognition, so it is something the entire Fort Meade community can take pride in," said Col. Kent D. Menser, the garrison commander.
To receive the Tree City USA award, a community must establish a tree ordinance, a legal body to govern trees, a comprehensive urban forestry program and an observance of Arbor Day.
Various organizations and residents planted more than 700 trees during the year, and post officials worked with the state Department of Natural Resources to plant seedlings over 25 acres. "Planting trees is an important part of our vision of Fort Meade being a better and more beautiful place to work, visit or live," Colonel Menser said.