LINDEN — Mayor Richard J. Gerbounka and the City Council were recently presented with the Tree City USA® award by Linden Shade Tree Commission Chairman, Jeffrey A. Tandul, LLA, ASLA, M.Arch.
Gerbounka congratulated Tandul and said, “Jeff Tandul, by providing his professional expertise, has been instrumental in improving management of the community forest in Linden and the city is lucky to have him on board making our city green”.
The Shade Tree Commission has been working hard to improve education of the public about trees, while planting and maintaining the community forest canopy.
The Tree City Award made to Linden and the Commission is a national recognition made by the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree City USA community for its commitment to urban forestry.
It is the seventh year Linden has earned this national designation.
The Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service sponsors the Tree City USA program.
Linden has met the four standards to become a Tree City USA community. Tree City USA communities must have a shade tree commission, a tree-care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
“We commend Linden’s elected officials, volunteers and its citizens for providing vital care for its urban forest,” said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees provide numerous environmental, economical and health benefits to millions of people each day, and we applaud communities that make planting and caring for trees a top priority.”
Communities that earn Tree City USA recognition not only have taken the time to meet the four standards, they know that trees:
o Promote healthier communities by filtering the air we breathe by removing dust and other particles.
o Moderate climate, conserve water and provide vital habitat for wildlife.
o Reduce the heat island effect in urban areas caused by pavement and buildings.
o Increase property values and reduce energy use and add beauty to our homes and neighborhoods.
More information about Tree City USA can be found at www.arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.
Mayor Richard J. Gerbounka is presented the Tree City USA® Flag by Jeffrey A. Tandul, Licensed Landscape Architect, and Chairman of the Linden Shade Tree Commission. The Tree City USA® Award is a National Recognition of the Community Forestry Program in Linden.
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