Newton recognized as "Tree City USA" community at Arbor Day Celebration

Newton recognized as “Tree City USA” community at Arbor Day Celebration

NEWTON, NC (May 1, 2012) -- The City of Newton held its annual Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday, April 21 at First United Methodist Church in Newton. At the ceremony, Newton was recognized for being named a "Tree City USA" community for the second year in a row.

Council Member and Tree Board Member Tom Rowe led the ceremony, along with City Manager Todd Clark, Parks & Recreation Director Sandra Waters, and members of the Newton Appearance Commission, who assisted with the planting of a white dogwood tree.

Jeff Icard of the N.C. Forest Service was in attendance to congratulate Newton on being named a "Tree City USA" community for the second year. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service. Today, more than 3,400 cities and towns have been recognized as a Tree City USA community.

Newton has met the four standards to become a Tree City USA community, by having a Tree Board, a tree-care ordinance, a community forestry program with annual expenditures of at least $2 per capita, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

Communities that earn Tree City USA recognition not only have taken the time to meet the four standards, they know that trees: promote healthier communities by filtering the air we breathe by removing dust and other particles; moderate climate, conserve water, and provide vital habitat for wildlife; reduce the heat island effect in urban areas caused by pavement and buildings; and reduce energy use and increase property values.

For more information about the Tree City USA program, visit

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