City of Falls Church Celebrates Tree City USA Honor, Arbor Day April 18
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 -- The City of Falls Church has been named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation for the 37th year in a row. The City will celebrate the honor at the 124th anniversary of Arbor Day on Saturday, April 18, with a morning neighborhood tree planting and an afternoon ceremony.
“Everyone benefits when elected officials, volunteers, and committed citizens in communities like the City of Falls Church 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.”
The community is invited to join in the celebration with the City and the Village Preservation and Improvement Society (VPIS). The Neighborhood Tree Program will plant street trees on Saturday, April 18, starting at 8:30 a.m. in the 100 block of W. Westmoreland Rd. Volunteers should RSVP to Seth Heminway of VPIS at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-389-7360.
The Arbor Day ceremony will be held later that day at 3 p.m. in Frady Park (in the 300 block of East Broad St.), the original site of the 1892 Arbor Day; the rain location is the Community Center, 223 Little Falls St. The event is free and refreshments will be served. The ceremony is co-hosted by the City and VPIS. More information can be found at bit.ly/1O3NreY.
About Tree City USA and the Arbor Day Foundation
To become Tree City USA community, Falls Church city fulfills the four standards required:
Tree Board or Department - The City's five-member Tree Commission makes recommendations on relevant legislation, plans, policies, and programs. It also advises the City Arborist, City Council, and City Manager on tree-related matters.
Tree Care Ordinance - The City has two ordinances that pertain to the preservation and replacement of trees on private and public grounds.
Comprehensive Community Forestry Program - The City's Urban Forestry Division ensures the City has a viable tree canopy.
Arbor Day Observance - Falls Church has celebrated Arbor Day every year since 1892, usually with a ceremony and tree planting.
The Tree City USA program is sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the US Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters.
Cleaner air, improved stormwater management, energy savings, and increased property values and commercial activity are among the benefits enjoyed by Tree City USA communities. More information is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.