June 27th, 2012
City of Newburgh named ‘Tree City’ community for the 7th time
The City of Newburgh Shade Tree Commission is working hard. (From left) John Ledwith, Claudia Perretti, Richard Harper, Phil Prinzivalli, with local arborists Anthony Cantela (foreground) and Mark Conklin (on the truck).
NEWBURGH - The National Arbor Day Foundation has announced that the City of Newburgh has been named a Tree City USA Community for its commitment to urban forestry. This is the 7th year Newburgh has earned this national honor from the Arbor Day Foundation.
“We all benefit when communities like Newburgh place a high priority on planting and caring for trees, one of our nation’s most beautiful resources,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees shade our homes and add beauty to our neighborhoods, and they also provide many environmental, economic and social benefits. We applaud Newburgh’s elected officials, volunteers and citizens for providing vital care for its urban forest.”
Newburgh has met the four standards to become a Tree City USA community. Tree City USA communities must have a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, a community forestry program with annual expenditures of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance/proclamation.
Communities that earn Tree City USA recognition not only have met the four standards, but they know that trees:
• Promote healthier communities by removing dust and other particles from the air we breathe.
• Reduce the heat island effect in urban areas caused by pavement and buildings
• Reduce energy use and increase property values