Hamilton Named “Tree City” for 8th Time
For the 8th time, Hamilton Township has earned a national recognition for its commitment to effective urban forest management by being named a “Tree City USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation.
The Arbor Day Foundation, a million member, non-profit conservation and education organization that seeks to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees, sponsors the “Tree City USA” program in partnership with the U.S Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.
Hamilton was recently informed of earning this honor for the 2013 calendar year through meeting a series of program requirements, which include having a township Shade Tree Commission, a tree-care ordinance and by investing at least $2 per capita in community forestry efforts.
“Our community’s commitment to forestry, shade trees and the preservation of our wonderful parks and recreational areas help improve our collective quality of life and local environment,” says Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly Yaede. “By continuing our efforts, I am confident that our community will continue to enjoy this noteworthy designation for many years to come.”
According to the Arbor Day Foundation, improved storm water management, energy savings, and increased property values are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities.
“Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like Hamilton make smart investments in urban forests,” said John Rosenow, founder and 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.”