SUMMIT, NJ - For the 22nd consecutive year, the City of Summit has received the 'Tree City USA Award for Stewardship' from the Arbor Day Foundation. The award acknowledges the City's work to develop and enhance its tree canopy during 2017.

Summit is one of more than 3,400 Tree City USAs that has been recognized for its strong commitment to the planting and care of trees.

Summit achieved recognition by meeting the Tree City USA program’s four requirements:

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1. It has established a tree board or department,

2. It implements a tree-care ordinance,

3. It maintains an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita, and

4. It issues an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

“Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained,” explains Director of Community Services Paul Cascais. “Trees 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.  We are proud to have obtained and to maintain this designation for Summit.”

The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters

Volunteers Needed to Help Keep Summit’s Tree Population Strong

The Summit Shade Tree Advisory Committee is looking to assemble a small group of volunteers to help with the removal of tree suckers -- the small branches that grow at the base and on the trunk of trees -- from the city’s tree population.

Volunteers will receive training and can work on their own schedule. No climbing on ladders or use of power tools necessary. Please contact John Kilby, Summit Shade Tree Committee Chair, at JohnWKilby@gmail.com