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Sunbury recognized as a Tree City … again

A recent press release issued by the Arbor Day Foundation noted that Sunbury has once again been named a Tree City USA Community by the foundation to honor its commitment to community forestry.

The Tree City USA Program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Forrester’s and the USDA Forest Service.

There are four standards to become a Tree City USA Community:

  • · Having a tree board or department;
  • · Adopting a tree care ordinance;
  • · Creating a comprehensive community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita; and

  • · Holding an annual Arbor Day observation and proclamation.

The press release notes that trees promote healthier communities, help moderate climate, conserve water and provide habitat for wildlife. Trees in urban areas also reduce the heat island effect caused by pavement and buildings; and properly placed trees can increase property values, and buildings in wooded areas rent more quickly and tenants stay longer.

“Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Sunbury make smart investments in urban forests,” said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits.”

For more information about the Tree City USA program go to < arborday.org/TreeCityUSA >.

The Arbor day Foundation is a million-member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information is available at < arborday.org >.

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