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March 18, 2014 > Newark named Tree City USA Ð 27th Time!

Newark named Tree City USA Ð 27th Time!

Submitted By Laurie Gebhard

At the City Council meeting on March 13, the City of Newark was certified as Tree City USA for the 27th consecutive year. Tree City USA recognition, from the National Arbor Day Foundation non-profit educational organization, is a symbol of the importance of our urban forest. The Foundation, which began in 1976 as a Bicentennial project, assists communities in planting and caring for trees. The Arbor Day Foundation is co-sponsored by the National Association of State Foresters, the USDA Forest service, the National League of Cities, and the US Conference of Mayors.

Tree City USA communities receive a banner with the programÕs logo and a plaque. As part of the formal Arbor Day ceremonies, prior to the Council meeting, the City Council participated in the traditional planting of a young tree on the west side of the parking lot at the City Administration Building.

Communities receive Tree City USA designation upon the recommendation by the State Foresters. To become a Tree City USA, a community must have a city tree ordinance, a legal tree governing body, a comprehensive urban forestry program, and an Arbor Day observance. The City of Newark has over 18,000 city trees and has fulfilled all the Tree City USA requirements for the past 27 years.

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