SCARSDALE, N.Y. - Boasting one of the longest streaks in the entire state, Scarsdale has been named as a Tree City USA community for the 33rd consecutive year for 2015.
This week, the Arbor Day Foundation, in coordination with the National Forest Service and National Association of State Foresters announced the award, honoring the village’s commitment to effective urban forest management.
In order to meet Tree City USA recognition, municipalities must meet four requirements. They must have a board or department dedicated to trees, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
According to the Arbor Day Foundation,“trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat”
"Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand," Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation, stated. "Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it's through volunteer engagement or public education."
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