Special to 1808Delaware

Delaware has been named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. The foundation recognizes the City’s commitment to effective urban forest management.

This is the 42nd consecutive year the City of Delaware had received Tree City USA honors.

The City commemorated the award on Friday, April 28 – Arbor Day – with a tree planting ceremony at Hayes High School. Mayor Carolyn Kay Riggle and students from the Environmental Science class participated in the planting of a London Plane tree.

“Arbor Day is a day in which we celebrate the planting, upkeep and preservation of our community’s trees,” Riggle said.

Earlier in April, 100 trees were planted at Smith Park. The 50 swamp white oak and 50 black oak saplings were planted by volunteers along with the City of Delaware Parks and Recreation Department.

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.

Urban tree plantings help reduce energy consumption, help with the overall cooling of a city and increase property values. Trees also positively affect the local ecosystem by helping to clean water and create animal habitats to encourage biodiversity.

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

Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than one million members.

Become a 1808Delaware Newsroom Partner and support
independent media in Delaware County. Details here.

You May Also Like

Seasonal Jobs Offered By City Of Delaware

Special to 1808Delaware Have a son or daughter seeking summer work? The…

A New Way To Follow Local Government

By 1808Delaware As we shared several days ago, the City of Delaware…

City Of Delaware Ready For The White Stuff

The Buckeye State has already seen an array of weather this month,…

City Of Delaware Releases State Of The City Video

2019 was a busy year for governmental leaders in the City of…