|Richmond Designated Tree City USA for First Time
March 18, 2010
Despite the fact that the Urban Forest Advisory Committee is defunct and unable to attract members, Parks Superintendent Tony Norris has persevered and succeeded in having the City of Richmond selected to be a “Tree City USA”
For the first time, the City of Richmond has been designated by the National Arbor Day Foundation as a ‘Tree City USA’ for the year 2009. This designation was applied for by the City of Richmond Parks & Landscaping Division. To have gained this distinction is consistent with the “City of Richmond 5-year Strategic Plan” adopted by City Council. This is an accomplishment, and can be repeated annually, provided the City of Richmond maintains or surpasses current funded service levels in support of our urban forest. ‘Tree City USA’ signs can now be officially posted at entry gateways to the city. The Parks Superintendent will make arrangements for all appropriate signs needed. With this designation the city enjoys better chances of success when applying for regional and national grant programs to support and expand our urban forest. Unlike the usual nationwide Arbor Day spring celebration the official City or Richmond Arbor Day (appropriately held in autumn like other California jurisdictions) as authorized by City Council is always the third Wednesday of October every year (which is acceptable to the National Arbor Day Foundation). Perhaps the Parks Superintendent can stage a visible gateway location for the City of Richmond celebration this year.
What is Tree City USA?
The Tree City USA® program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters, provides direction, technical assistance, public attention, and national recognition for urban and community forestry programs in thousands of towns and cities that more than 135 million Americans call home.
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