HAWTHORNE, NJ - The Arbor Day Foundation announced that Hawthorne has once again met the requirements to be named a Tree City USA municipality. A statement from the Foundation said that Hawthorne was honored for its "commitment to effective urban forest management."
According to the Arbor Day Foundation, Hawthorne has earned the title for a total of 26 years. To do so, a municipality has to satisfy four prerequisites. A town has to have a tree board or a tree department, a budget which allocates at least $2.00 per resident towards community forestry--or approximately $40,000 in the case of Hawthorne, an observation of Arbor Day itself, and an ordinance for the care and maintenance of trees. Hawthorne has a Shade Tree Commission and a Green Team/Environmental Commission which oversees local environmental issues, particularly those related to trees.
The President of the Arbor Day Foundation, Dan Lambe, said in a statement that “Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand. Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it's through volunteer engagement or public education." The Foundation further touted the benefits well-maintained trees lend to a town, particularly their visual appeal, provision of natural habitat, property values, and defense against air pollution.
Further information on the Tree City USA program can be found at their website.
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