Borough of State College Media Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 21, 2015


CONTACT:  Anthony Marek, 402-473-9563, amarek@arborday.org


Arbor Day Foundation Names State College Tree City USA

 
State College, PA–State College, PA was named a 2014 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. Borough Arborist Alan Sam stated, “This is the 31st consecutive year State College has received this designation. To receive this award each year, the entire community must make a significant effort to protect and preserve the urban forest.”

State College achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: A tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.

“Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers and committed citizens in communities like State College make smart investments in urban forests,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Trees bring shade to our homes and beauty to our neighborhoods, along with numerous economic, social and environmental benefits.”

Cleaner air, improved storm water management, energy savings and increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities.

This year, the Borough’s official Arbor Day celebration will take place at Corl Street Elementary School, on Monday, April 27, from 10:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. The public is welcome to join in the celebration. For additional information about the Borough’s Tree Program, please visit www.statecollegepa.us/trees.


Tree City USA
About the Arbor Day Foundation: The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees. The Foundation has grown to become the largest nonprofit membership organization dedicated to planting trees, with over one million members, supporters, and valued partners. More than 135,000,000 people living in more than 3,400 towns and cities benefit from the vital urban forest management framework provided by our Tree City USA community improvement program. More information is available at arborday.org.
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Questions about the Borough Tree Program can be directed to Alan Sam, Borough Arborist, at (814) 234-7135.


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