City recognized by Tree City USA
The City of Key West was named a 2021 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.
“Your community should be proud to live in a place that makes the planting and care of trees a priority, and you should be proud of a job well done!” wrote the Tree City team in a letter announcing the recognition.
Karen DeMaria, the City’s Urban Forester, says she’s grateful for the recognition, one that the City has received ten times.
“Our island’s canopy is vital to the quality of life of our residents and visitors,” said DeMaria.
Each year on Arbor Day, the City urges property owners to plant a tree.
“Trees on publicly and privately owned property within the city are economic and aesthetic asset to the citizens,” says DeMaria, “because of their important and meaningful contribution to a healthy and beautiful community.”
Key West 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.
Trees are assets to a community when properly planted and maintained, says DeMaria. 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.
In the photo: Key West’s official tree: the royal poinciana.
11/26/2022 07:35:07 pm
Trees and woods are like cities for wildlife, providing food and shelter for thousands of species.
11/30/2022 09:14:40 pm
Every year, many communities recertify as Tree Cities USA, qualifying them for the Growth Award and other urban forestry possibilities.
11/30/2022 09:19:20 pm
Making your city stand out is possible by applying to become a Tree City USA. It demonstrates your commitment to the care of your urban forest and your desire to give the community you serve a lovely setting.
12/5/2022 04:46:30 pm
To our neighborhood, trees are crucial. It offers our cities, towns, and villages a number of advantages. Communities benefit from trees because they reduce stormwater runoff, provide shade, enhance aesthetic appeal, provide habitat for wildlife, and raise property values.
12/12/2022 08:38:14 pm
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12/16/2022 03:42:31 am
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12/19/2022 01:10:54 am
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12/20/2022 02:20:29 am
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12/20/2022 08:54:58 pm
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By creating oxygen, enhancing air quality, lowering climate change, conserving water, preserving soil, and offering habitat for species, trees help the environment. Through the process of photosynthesis, trees take up carbon dioxide and produce oxygen.
1/23/2023 09:13:33 am
I want to congratulate the city of Key West on this great accomplishment, let's hope that more cities in the future decide to be like Key West and plant a lot of trees to help our enviroment. I would like to recommend the best Mobile car detailing in Mesa AZ
1/23/2023 05:17:38 pm
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2/22/2023 07:05:45 am
Is Portland or Tree City USA?
3/18/2023 01:15:45 am
I agree that trees are assets to a community when properly planted and maintained. Good point.
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