The Arbor Day Foundation has named Allentown a Tree City USA for the 34th year!  The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the non-profit Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters and the USDA Forest Service.

“Allentown is proud to be a Tree USA community and very proud of our 34 year tradition,” said Mayor Ed Pawlowski. “We have made a commitment to be good stewards of our environment. Part of that commitment means providing high levels of tree care. We also invite the public to join us by donating a remembrance tree in one of our beautiful parks.”

In order to gain the Tree City USA recognition, communities must meet four standards:  They must have a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a comprehensive community forestry program with annual expenditures of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

Allentown also received a Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating progress in its community forestry program.  The city has made planting and nurturing trees a priority, and recognize the numerous environmental, economic and health benefits for the community.

“Trees are an important part of the fabric of Allentown,” said the Mayor.  “We have beautiful parks because of the abundance of trees, which provide shade for picnics or reading a book.  Trees line most streets in the city.  They are a true asset to the aesthetics and beauty of our city as well as help to produce clean air and keeping the city cool.”