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4/7/2015 - National Recognition Shows Hamilton Still Has It ‘Made in the Shade’

 

National Recognition Shows Hamilton
Still Has It ‘Made in the Shade’

 

Hamilton Township still has it ‘made in the shade’.

 

For the 9th time, Hamilton Township has earned a national recognition for its commitment to effective urban forest management efforts by being named a “Tree City USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation.

 

By meeting a series of program requirements, which include having a Shade Tree Commission, a tree-care ordinance and by investing at least $2 per capita in community forestry efforts, Hamilton Township was again awarded this national recognition for the 2014 calendar year.

 

“Our community’s commitment to forestry, shade trees and the preservation of our wonderful parks and recreational areas helps to maintain our high quality of life and protect our local environment,” says Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly Yaede.  “I am very pleased that Hamilton Township earned this national recognition for a ninth time; and as Mayor, look forward to continuing our forestry efforts for the benefit of our current families and future generations of Hamiltonians.”  

           

According to the Arbor Day Foundation, effective forestry efforts reduce costs for energy, stormwater management and erosion control, while helping to cut energy consumption by upwards of 25 percent as well as increase property values between 7 and 21 percent. 

 

The Arbor Day Foundation, which sponsors the “Tree City USA” program in partnership with the U.S Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, is a million member, non-profit conservation and education organization that seeks to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.   

 

“Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Hamilton make smart investments in urban forests,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation.  “Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits.”