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4/27/2016 - Hamilton a ‘Tree City USA’ for 10 Consecutive Years

 

Hamilton a ‘Tree City USA’ for 10 Consecutive Years

You don’t have to go ‘out on a limb’ to say Hamilton has been committed to forestry efforts during the past decade.   

This Arbor Day, Hamilton Township celebrates 10 consecutive years as a “Tree City USA” thanks to its recent recognition for 2015.

The national recognition is from the Arbor Day Foundation, which awards towns the designation through the ‘Tree City USA’ program – in partnership with the US Forest Service and National Association of State Foresters – for their commitment to urban forest management efforts such as having a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance and investing at least $2 per capita in community forestry effort.  The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member, non-profit conservation and education organization that seeks to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.   

“Our community’s decade-long commitment to forestry and shade tree efforts illustrates our ongoing commitment to protecting our local environment and our high quality of life in Hamilton Township,” explains Mayor Kelly Yaede.  “To maintain this national recognition for 10 consecutive years is an honor for our entire community.”  

According to the Arbor Day Foundation, trees provide several benefits to a community, including improving the visual appeal of neighborhood’s, increasing property values, reducing home cooling costs, removing air pollutants and providing wildlife habitat.     

“Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,” says Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation.  “Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”