Arbor Day Foundation Names Cleveland Tree City USA

Happy Arbor Day!

Cleveland, OH was named a 2012 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. This is the 33rd year Cleveland has earned the national designation.

Mayor Jackson and others help to plant a tree at Louisa May Alcott elementary school.

Mayor Jackson and others help to plant a tree at Louisa May Alcott elementary school.

Cleveland 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.

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.

“Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities 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.”

Cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings and increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities.

Visit arborday.org/treecityusa for more information