Newcastle selected as a Tree City USA community for fifth straight year

April 10, 2012

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NEW — 3:15 p.m., April 10, 2012

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources is recognizing 83 cities — including Newcastle — that have been chosen as a Tree City USA for their efforts in keeping urban forests healthy and vibrant. It is the fifth year Newcastle has been recognized as a Tree City.

Washington celebrates Arbor Day on April 11. There are events in communities throughout the state during the month of April to celebrate Arbor Day.

To be acknowledged as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, a city must designate staff to care for trees, appoint a citizen tree board to advocate for community forestry, establish a tree ordinance, spend at least $2 per capita on tree care and celebrate Arbor Day.

Learn how to properly plant and care for new trees by going to the International Society of Arboriculture website at www.treesaregood.com.

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