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Newton is a Tree City USA

NEWTON, N.C. (March 1, 2017)—Newton was named a 2016 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of the city’s commitment to effective urban forest management.

Newton has achieved Tree City USA recognition each of the last six years. The honor is awarded to cities that have a tree board, maintain a tree-care ordinance, spend $2 per capita annually on community forestry, and celebrate Arbor Day.

“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.”

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

“I’m honored that the Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Newton’s commitment to maintaining and cultivating trees in our community again this year,” Newton Mayor Anne P. Stedman said. “Our Parks and Recreation staff are dedicated to keeping the trees we have healthy and planting new saplings whenever they have the chance. Trees are an asset to our city, and this award highlights the fact that we care about our trees.”

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.

More information about the Tree City USA program is available at www.arborday.org/treecityusa.