Tuesday, November 28, 2023

City of Newburgh Earns “Tree City USA” Recognition

For the 17th year in a row, the City of Newburgh has been named as a “Tree City USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation. The award honors the City of Newburgh’s commitment to effective urban forest management.

The City of Newburgh achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s 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 an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. 

“We are proud to be recognized for the time, effort and funds we expend on maintaining and expanding our urban forest,” said Chuck Thomas, Conservation Advisory Council Chairperson. “We look at this award as a badge of honor for our city. Trees moderate temperatures, provide shade and beauty, clean our air, and result in a mentally and physically healthier populace.” 

“Arbor Day is coming up on April 29 this year, and we look forward to celebrating it with the whole community.”

Thomas noted that the City’s Department of Public Works is the linchpin of Newburgh’s success in tree planting; providing the crucial management, workers and equipment needed for this physically demanding and time-consuming work.

Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization dedicated to inspiring people to plant, celebrate and nurture trees.

More information on the Tree City USA program is available at: arborday.org/TreeCityUSA

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