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NEWTOWN TOWNSHIP RECOGNIZED AS A TREE CITY USA®
Recognition From the Arbor Day Foundation for Commitment to Urban Forestry
(NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. – April 25, 2022) — Newtown Township, Delaware County is pleased to announce that it has been recognized as a 2021 Tree City USA® by the Arbor Day Foundation, for its dedication to urban forestry. The Township has been recognized as a Tree City USA® for five out of the past six years.
The Tree City USA® designation means that Newtown Township joins a network of over 3,000 communities, with a total population of 155 million people, that are participating in this program. The township achieved this honor by meeting the foundation’s four requirements:
· Forming a tree board or department
· Creating a tree care ordinance
· Having an annual forestry budget of at least $2 per capita
· Creating an Arbor Day observance and proclamation
Planting trees comes with numerous benefits, such as reducing energy consumption by 25 percent, which reduces energy costs; increasing property values; and helping to clean local water sources.
“Being named a Tree City USA® by the Arbor Day Foundation is a big honor for the Township,” said Leonard Altieri, Chairman Newtown Township Board of Supervisors. “As communities large and small look for ways to manage natural resources, planting and maintaining trees is recognized as a proven method of enhancing the natural environment and the well-being of the people in the community. “The next time you see a tree in the Township, know that it is more than just a beautiful sight—it is helping to build a brighter and greener future for all of us!”
“We are so thrilled that Newtown Township takes pride in creating a community that places unique value on the planting and caring of trees,” stated Dan Lambe, Arbor Day Foundation Chief Executive. “Over the last few years, it has become increasingly clear of the value and importance that trees hold for our future. Cities and towns across the globe are facing challenges when it comes to air quality, water resources, personal health and well-being, and energy use.” Lambe continued, “Newtown Township shows its residents and peers that they are forward-thinking and eager to combat these issues. By showing your dedication to urban forestry, you demonstrate a commitment to a brighter, greener future.”
To learn more about Tree City USA®, go to arborday.org/programs/treecityusa