Town honored for for­est man­age­ment

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CEN­TRE­VILLE — The Town of Cen­tre­ville was named a 2015 Tree City USA by the Ar­bor Day Foun­da­tion in honor of its com­mit­ment to ef­fec­tive ur­ban for­est man­age­ment.

Started in 1976, the Tree City USA pro­gram, in part­ner­ship with the U.S. For­est Ser­vice and the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of State Foresters, is cel­e­brat­ing its 40th An­niver­sary this year.

Cen­tre­ville achieved Tree City USA recog­ni­tion by meet­ing the pro­gram’s four re­quire­ments: a tree board or de­part­ment, a tree-care or­di­nance, an an­nual com­mu­nity forestry bud­get of at least $2 per capita and an Ar­bor Day ob­ser­vance and procla­ma­tion.

“Tree City USA com­mu­ni­ties see the im­pact an ur­ban for­est has in a com­mu­nity first hand,” said 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.”

Trees pro­vide mul­ti­ple ben­e­fits to a com­mu­nity when prop­erly planted and main­tained. They help to im­prove the vis­ual ap­peal of a neigh­bor­hood, in­crease prop­erty val­ues, re­duce home cool­ing costs, re­move air pol­lu­tants and pro­vide wildlife habi­tat, among many other ben­e­fits.

The Ar­bor Day Foun­da­tion is a mil­lion mem­ber non­profit con­ser­va­tion and ed­u­ca­tion or­ga­ni­za­tion with the mis­sion to in­spire peo­ple to plant, nur­ture and cel­e­brate tress.

More in­for­ma­tion on the pro­gram is avail­able at ar­bor­day.org/TreeCi­tyUSA.

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