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State College Named a Tree City USA for 33rd Year

by on May 07, 2017 12:55 PM

State College has been recognized as a Tree City USA by The Arbor Day Foundation for the 33rd consecutive year.

To receive the designation a community must meet four standards. They include establishing a tree board or department that is legally responsible for taking care of all trees on municipal property; a community tree care ordinance; a community forestry program with an annual budget of at least $2 per capita; and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

“Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers, and committed citizens in communities make smart investments in urban forests,” said Matt Harris, chief Executive of The Arbor Day Foundation, in a statement. “Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits. We congratulate State College on its 33 years of commitment to this program.”

The program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters. A community applying for the designation sends an application for review to the state forester, who then forwards it to The Arbor Day Foundation. Communities awarded the designation receive a plaque, flag and community entrance signs.

The borough will hold its Arbor Day celebration at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Easterly Parkway Elementary School. Students will help plant the Arbor Day tree. Autumn Busbee, an Environmental Stewardship AmeriCorps member, will deliver the Arbor Day message and Tim Cole, from the Bureau of Forestry, will present the award to Mayor Elizabeth Goreham.

The celebration is open to the public.

“State College continues to be a leader in urban forestry through its tree planting, maintenance and information education programs,” said Alan Sam, borough arborist. “Residents of the borough should be proud of their strong support of the tree program, which has resulted in many beautiful tree lined streets.”

Ferguson Township was recently awarded Tree City USA status for the first time. Harris Township and Philipsburg also hold the designation in Centre County.

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