Arbor Day Foundation Recognizes Pinellas Park as a Tree City USA 12-22-21

Date: Wed Dec 22, 2021 09:06:50
From: Government Relations - City of Pinellas Park


For more information, contact: Lauren Weyers lweyers@arborday.org



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Arbor Day Foundation Recognizes Pinellas Park as a Tree City USA
Pinellas Park earns the Tree City USA recognition for their commitment to
urban forestry

LINCOLN, Nebraska - Pinellas Park was named a 2021 Tree City USA by the Arbor
Day Foundation to honor its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Pinellas Park achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four
requirements: forming a tree board or department, creating a tree-care
ordinance, having 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 benefit from the positive effects that an urban
tree canopy has year after year," said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day
Foundation. "The trees being planted and cared for by Pinellas Park ensure
that generations to come will enjoy a better quality of life. Additionally,
participation in this program helps cultivate a sense of stewardship and pride
for the trees the community plants and cares for."

Planting trees in an urban space comes with a myriad of benefits past the
recognition of this program. Urban tree plantings help reduce energy
consumption by up to 25%, which will reduce general energy costs and help with
the overall cooling of the city as well. In addition, members of the community
benefit from properly placed trees as they increase property values from
7-20%. Trees also positively affect the local ecosystem by helping to clean
water and create animal habitats to encourage biodiversity.
In 2022 the Arbor Day Foundation will celebrate its 50th anniversary of
inspiring people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. In this same year,
the national holiday of Arbor Day will celebrate 150 years of planting trees.
These anniversaries will celebrate all the trees that have been planted and
preserved for generations to come. The Arbor Foundation will use this
celebration to look forward and think about how we will continue to plant
trees for several more generations.
More information on the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.

About the Arbor Day Foundation
Founded in 1972, the Arbor Day Foundation has grown to become the largest
nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with more than
one million members, supporters, and valued partners. Since 1972, more than
400 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted in neighborhoods,
communities, cities and forests throughout the world. Our vision is to help
others understand and use trees as a solution to many of the global issues we
face today, including air quality, water quality, climate change,
deforestation, poverty and hunger.

As one of the world's largest operating conservation foundations, the Arbor
Day Foundation, through its members, partners and programs, educates and
engages stakeholders and communities across the globe to involve themselves in
its mission of planting, nurturing and celebrating trees. More information is
available at arborday.org.



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For more information contact:

Government Relations Department

Government Relations Administrator
Lana Beck
lbeck@pinellas-park.com
Desk (727) 369-5745
727-735-2057 Cell