MAPLEWOOD, NJ – Maplewood has been named a 2013 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.
Maplewood earned Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry 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 like Maplewood make smart investments in urban forests," said John Rosenow, founder and chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Trees bring shade to our homes and beautify to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits."
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in a partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.
More information on the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.