Tonawanda News — North Tonawanda will be recognized next week by the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to effective urban management, Mayor Rob Ortt said on Friday.
The foundation this week named North Tonawanda a “2012 Tree City USA,” along with 95 other municipalities across New York. In total 3,400 municipalities where nearly half of the United States population lives have received the designation.
The Tree City USA program looks at four core standards for strong forestry management in towns and cities, which include celebrating Arbor Day, spending of at least $2 per capita on urban forests, the installment of a community tree ordinance and maintaining a tree board or department.
Ortt said to tie the award into Arbor Day, which takes place on Monday, he will highlight some of the city’s efforts by showcasing newly planted trees at the North Tonawanda Botanical Gardens, where a DEC representative will designate the Tree City USA flag and certificate.
Ortt will also read a proclamation in observance of Arbor Day at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the gardens, while he encouraged residents to attend.
“North Tonawanda is proud to be a community that makes the planting and care of trees a priority,” he said in a statement. “Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits.”