Toledo – The City of Toledo, Oregon, was named a 2019 Tree City USA® by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. Toledo 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.
“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. “The trees being planted and cared for by Toledo are ensuring that generations to come will enjoy to a better quality of life. Additionally, participation in this program brings residents together and creates a sense of civic pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.” More information on the Tree City USA program is available at arborday.org/TreeCityUSA.
In honor of Toledo’s 26th anniversary, the Toledo City Council Proclaimed April 24, 2020 as Toledo Arbor Day, in observance of National Arbor Day. An official Arbor Day celebration has been postponed, but the City encourages community members to observe the day by appreciating the trees in your own neighborhood. Consider planting a new tree in your yard. Play a tree identification game while on a walk. Take a picture of your favorite tree. Inspect your trees for damage or disease or pruning needs. Read a tree-themed book or poem. Collect leaves and make leaf prints. Take the time to learn something new about the benefits and beauty of trees.
ABOUT THE ARBOR DAY FOUNDATION: The Arbor Day Foundation is a million-member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. More information is available at arborday.org.