Arbor Day Foundation Names Riverton City Tree City USA

Tree City USA logoRiverton City is pleased to announce being named a 2016 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.

Riverton achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-are 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.”

“Riverton is fortunate to be served by dedicated staff that includes the professional expertise of our City Urban Forester and ISA Certified Arborist Patrick Roman Williams,” expressed Mayor Bill Applegarth. “With the support of our Parks department, Roman planted more than 120 new trees last year and works to maintain upwards of 5,000 trees throughout the City.”

Local residents can look forward to Riverton’s annual Arbor Day Tree Planting seminar on Saturday, April 29, at 9:00 a.m. the Riverton Chase Park, located at 12364 S. Laurel Chase Drive.

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 cooking costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other benefits.

More information on the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.