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Posted on: April 10, 2019

South Orange Recognized as a Tree City USA Community

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It is a privilege to be able to announce that our beautiful Township has been recognized as a Tree City USA Community!

2018 marks the 8th year South Orange has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA!

The national recognition received by the Township is achieved by meeting four core standards for a healthy tree community forestry program. 

  • ·        Host a Tree Board or Department
  • ·        Have a Tree Ordinance
  • ·        Have a Community Forestry Program with an Annual Budget of at least $2 Per Capital Budgets 
  • ·        Hold an Annual Arbor Day Celebration

Benefits of the Tree City USA Program

  • · Direction- By applying for Tree City USA recognition a framework is created for ways which the community can build and maintain a sustainable forestry program
  • · Technical Assistance- The program offers seminars, field training, workshops and materials for applicants to take advantage of and maintain a progressive tree canopy
  • · Public Attention- Marketing materials promote the communities interest in the environment and quality of life
  • · National Recognition- enhances community pride

Values of Community Trees

  • · Reduce costs for energy, storm water management, and erosion control. Trees yield 3–5 times their cost in overall benefits to the city.
  • ·Cut energy consumption by up to 25%. Studies indicate that as few as three additional trees planted around each building in the United States could save $2 billion annually in energy costs.
  • ·Boost property values across your community. Properly placed trees can increase property values from 7–20%. Buildings in wooded areas rent more quickly, and tenants stay longer.
  • · Build stronger ties to your neighborhood and community. Trees and green spaces directly correlate to greater connections to neighbors.
  • ·Honor your community and demonstrate your commitment to a healthier environment through Arbor Day celebrations and Tree City USA recognition.
  • · Benefit from a framework for action provided by the four core standards. Many communities use the Tree City USA standards as a way to begin caring for city trees. Others regularly enhance urban forest management through improved ordinances, innovative programs and increased emphasis on planting and care.
  • · Educate people living in your city about the value of trees and the importance of sustainable tree management. Annual participation as a Tree City USA community provides this opportunity and makes it easier to engage individuals and organizations throughout the city. Tree City USA status can also create a strong working relationship with your state forestry agency and other groups.
  • ·Improve community pride. Participation in the Tree City USA program helps residents feel good about the place they live and work. Annual recognition shows visitors and prospective residents that trees, conservation, and the environment are important to your community.
  • · Gain publicity with recognition materials. Tree boards, parks departments, public works officials and volunteers are recognized for the valuable work they provide to the community. Many communities share their Tree City USA recognition across city departments as well as with elected officials, students and business leaders.

"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.”  Keep planting South Orange!
―  Ralph Waldo Emerson

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