Swanton was recently named a 2019 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.
The community also received a Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating environmental improvement and higher level of tree care.
Swanton 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.
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.
“Tree City USA communities see the positive effects of an urban forest firsthand,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “The trees being planted and cared for by Swanton are ensuring that generations to come will enjoy to a better quality of life. Additionally, participation in this program brings residents together and creates a sense of civic pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”
The Arbor Day Foundation recently launched the Time for Trees initiative to address issues such as air quality, personal health and energy use, with unprecedented goals of planting 100 million trees in forests and communities and inspiring 5 million tree planters by 2022.
With Tree City USA recognition, Swanton has demonstrated a commitment to effective urban forest management and doing its part to help address these challenges for Swanton residents now and in the future.
More information on the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.