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Arbor Day Foundation Names Richmond Heights Tree City USA


Arbor Day Foundation Names Richmond Heights Tree City USA

Richmond Heights, OH was named a 2015 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Started in 1976, the Tree City USA program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership   with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters is celebrating its 40th   Anniversary this year.  

Richmond Heights achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four requirements: a   tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per   capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.  

"Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,"   said Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Additionally, recognition brings   residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it's through volunteer   engagement or public education."

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, among many other benefits.

More information on the program is available at  

About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit   conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information is available at