City recognized by Arbor Day Foundation
For the City Times
LINCOLN, NB – Stevens Point was recently named a 2020 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.
The community also received a Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating environmental improvement and higher level of tree care.
“Stevens Point 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,” a foundation release stated.
“Tree City USA communities see the positive effects of an urban forest firsthand,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “The trees being planted and cared for by Stevens Point are ensuring that generations to come will enjoy to a better quality of life. Additionally, participation in this program brings residents together and creates a sense of civic pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”
“If ever there was a time for trees, now is that time. Communities worldwide are facing issues with air quality, water resources, personal health and well-being, energy use, and protection from extreme heat and flooding. The Arbor Day Foundation recently launched the Time for Trees initiative to address these issues, with unprecedented goals of planting 100 million trees in forests and communities and inspiring five million tree planters by 2022,” the release added.
“With Tree City USA recognition, City has demonstrated a commitment to effective urban forest management and doing its part to help address these challenges for city residents now and in the future.”
More information on the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.