Newcastle is named a Tree City for seventh year
April 9, 2014
NEW — 4:10 p.m. April 9, 2014
Newcastle was named a Tree City USA for its seventh straight year in honor of Arbor Day April 9.
The Washington State Department of Natural Resources recognized 84 cities that have been chosen as a Tree City USA. The department said in a release that cities earn the Tree City USA title for their efforts in keeping urban forests healthy and vibrant.
“Planting the right trees in the right places conserves energy and reduces your energy bills, while helping to fight climate change,” the release said. “Properly placed trees save energy by providing summer shade, winter warmth and seasonal windbreaks. Trees also provide many environmental services, such as contributing to cool and clean water.”
To be acknowledged as a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation, a city needs to have either a tree board or a city department responsible for tree care and management (or both), 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 on the International Society of Arboriculture website at www.treesaregood.com.