I have wondered about this for years. I did some research to see what is involved with a community becoming a Tree City USA.
Since Pottstown is the recipient of the Thomas Hylton Memorial Forest, one would think we would be at the top of the list! There are 114 Tree City USA communities in the state of Pennsylvania. They include: Boyertown, West Chester, Wyomissing, Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Lancaster, Lower Merion, Philadelphia, Phoenixville, Reading, Pottsville and the list goes on.
Communities of varying sizes are on the list. The largest to the smallest municipalities are all represented, so size is not an issue.
There are four criteria:
- A Tree Board or Department
- A Tree Care Ordinance
- An Annual Budget of $2 per capita
- An Arbor Day Observance and Proclamation
I believe we have a tree board, a tree ordinance, we probably spend $40,000+ a year on tree care and we could always throw in an Arbor Day Observance.
The benefits are framework for action, education, public image, civic pride, financial assistance, publicity and there is a list of 15 more reasons to become a Tree City USA. The Tree City program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.
IMHO since we have all these trees why don’t we use them to our advantage? Just sayin…..
For more information: http://www.arborday.org/programs/treeCityUSA/index.cfm