Milford has been designated a Tree City, USA community

February 8th, 2007    Author: Michael Bradley    Filed Under: News

The city of Milford has been designated a Tree City U.S.A. community by The National Arbor Day Foundation.

This is the second year in a row that Milford has received the national designation.

The Tree City U.S.A. program, which is sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation, was established in 1976 as a way of encouraging local communities to actively participate in the planting, maintenance, and management of the trees and shrubs.

Tree City U.S.A., in cooperation with the National Association of State Forests and the USDA Forest Service, also provides financial assistance and national recognition to those communities which meet the selection criteria.

There are four standards that must be met by any community, regardless of population, to be considered a candidate for the program. These standards were established to ensure that all qualifying communities have a tree and shrub management plan already in place.

To receive recognition as a tree city, communities must have a Tree Board or Forestry Department, which can consist of volunteers, have local ordinances in place that provides assistance in the planting, maintenance, and removal of trees in public areas, spend at least two dollars a year on a comprehensive community forestry program, and finally, mayoral recognition to observe and promote Arbor Day.

"Trees in our cities and towns help clean the air, conserve soil and water, moderate temperature, and bring nature into our daily lives," said John Rosenow, president of the National Arbor Day Foundation in a media release. "The Tree City U.S.A. designation recognizes the work of elected officials, staff, and citizens who plant and care for the community forest."

According to Rosenow, trees are a vital component of the infrastructure in cities and towns that provide many economical and environmental benefits.

"Any community and its citizens that recognize those benefits and provides needed care for its trees and shrubs deserves recognition and thanks," he said.
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