Central Falls, was named a 2015 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. This is the second consecutive year that the city earned this distinction.
Central Falls 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.
“Trees are an important tool that cities can utilize to improve health, climate, and aesthetics in the community,” said Mayor James Diossa. “Just this year, we have planted almost three dozen street trees, with plans to plant more throughout the year. Achieving Tree City USA status is a great honor that signifies our commitment to a cleaner, greener, and healthier Central Falls.”
Started in 1976, the Tree City USA program, sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation, in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Association of State Foresters is celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year.
"Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand," said Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation. "Additionally, recognition brings residents together and creates a sense of community pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education."
Trees provide multiple benefits to a community when properly planted and maintained. They help to improve the visual appeal of a neighborhood, increase property values, reduce home cooling costs, remove air pollutants and provide wildlife habitat, among many other 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.
More information on the program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.