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Arlington remains a town, but to the Arbor Day Foundation it is again "Tree City USA."

The the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees has named Arlington among those so honored in 2021, recognizing the town's commitment to effective urban forest management.

The group has honored the town, whose tree warden is Tim Lecuivre, for 20 years.

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Arlington achieved the honor by meeting four requirements: forming a tree board or department, creating a tree-care ordinance, having an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and observing and proclaiming Arbor Day.

Growth Award fourth year

For the fourth year, the town also earned a Growth Award for demonstrating higher levels of tree care and community engagement during the calendar year.

“Tree City USA communities benefit from the positive effects that an urban tree canopy has year after year,” Dan Lambe, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation, said in a statement. “The trees being planted and cared for by Arlington ensure that generations to come will enjoy a better quality of life. Additionally, participation in this program helps cultivate a sense of stewardship and pride for the trees the community plants and cares for.” 

The Arbor Day Foundation says that planting trees in an urban space comes with a myriad of benefits, including reducing energy consumption by up to 25 percent, which will reduce general energy costs and help with the overall cooling of the city.

In addition, community members benefit from properly placed trees, as they increase property values from seven to 20 percent. Trees also positively affect the local ecosystem by helping to clean water and create animal habitats to encourage biodiversity.

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. For more information, click here >>.

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This news announcement was published Thursday, July 7, 2022.