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April 9, 2013 > Newark named Tree City USA

Newark named Tree City USA

Submitted By Laurie Gebhard

At the City Council meeting on April 11, 2013, the City of Newark will be certified as Tree City USA for the 26th consecutive year. Tree City USA recognition from the National Arbor Day Foundation, a 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 program's logo and a plaque. The City Council will present the Tree City USA proclamation at the April 11, 2013, City Council meeting. As part of the formal Arbor Day ceremonies, prior to the Council meeting, the City Council participates in the traditional planting of a young tree on the west side of the parking lot at the City Administration Building, 37101 Newark Boulevard at 6 pm.

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 26 years.

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