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June 4, 2013 > Hayward named Tree City USA

Hayward named Tree City USA

Submitted By Thomas Rossi, Sr.

Hayward has been named a 2012 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. This is the 27th year Hayward has earned the national designation.

The City achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. Hayward will celebrate Arbor Day on May 30, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Treeview Elementary School.

"The Mayor and City Council are deeply committed to increasing Hayward's urban forest density. Last year alone, the City of Hayward planted 350 new trees with plans for 450 more in FY 2014," stated Matt McGrath, Maintenance Services Director.

According to Alex Ameri, Director of Environment and Utilities, Hayward looks to its urban forest as a major part of improving the quality of life in local neighborhoods and helping to achieve the ambitious goals in the City's Climate Action Plan.

"Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Hayward make smart investments in urban forests," said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. For more information, visit www.arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.

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