NMCP plants trees for Arbor Day

Capt. Christopher Culp, NMCP’s commanding officer, and Rachel Donegan, NMCP’s Environmental Program manager, plant a bush during the Arbor Day tree planting ceremony on April 22.
April 23, 2019

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) staff celebrate Arbor Day during a tree planting ceremony April 22. Capt. Christopher Culp, NMCP’s commanding officer, read the proclamation and planted two trees.

“Whereas Naval Medical Center Portsmouth is committed to managing and enhancing its natural resources for multiple uses while fulfilling its assigned mission in support of the DoD,” Culp said. “Whereas Naval Medical Center Portsmouth celebrates Arbor Day with the planting of a tree, and whereas I, Captain Chris Culp, commanding officer, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, do hereby proclaim today, 22 April 2019, as the annual Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Arbor Day Celebration.”

Portsmouth is the oldest Tree City USA city in Virginia and the goal is for NMCP to officially be a part of Tree City USA.

“In an effort to establish Portsmouth Annex as a Tree City USA, this year’s plantings help lay the foundation required by the Arbor Day Foundation for inclusion in this nationwide movement for a greener community,” said Taylor Austin, the natural and cultural resources manager for NSA Hampton Roads-Portsmouth Annex.

Austin also said that planting native vegetation helps support a greener, healthier community, and benefits include erosion control, energy consumption and pride in installation appearance through involvement.

As the U.S. Navy’s oldest, continuously-operating military hospital since 1830, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth proudly serves past and present military members and their families. The nationally-acclaimed, state-of-the-art medical center, along with the area’s 10 branch health and
TRICARE Prime Clinics, provide care for the Hampton Roads area. The medical center also supports premier research and teaching programs designed to prepare new doctors, nurses and hospital corpsman for future roles in healing and wellness.